(Panora) A Churdan man drowned at Lake Panarama late Saturday afternoon.
According to a press release from the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, 54-year-old Barry Blanchfield, of Churdan initially jumped off the boat and into the lake to retrieve his hat and went underwater at around 5:23 Saturday afternoon.
The Panora Fire and Rescue, Lake Patrol, State Patrol and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene for an unresponsive male. Blanchfield was pulled from the water and paramedics began administering CPR. He was then taken to the Guthrie County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation is continuing but alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
June 11, 2012