Authorities identify man whose body was recovered from West Shores Lake

Published: Sep. 1, 2019 at 3:18 PM CDT
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Authorities have identified a man whose body was recovered from West Shores Lake on Sunday as John Philp of Douglas County.

Emergency teams were called to the private lake near 242nd and Dodge around 10:30 a.m.

Authorities tell 6 News that they were alerted to a possible drowning when a pontoon boat was found on an island in the lake. There was no sign of a boater.

The search that followed included approximately 60 people and, along with rescue crews, one civilian boat was involved.

Authorities said six boats were out searching with sonar and that dive teams from Omaha and Yutan were in the water.

Waterloo Fire Chief Travis Harlow said, "Any type of water rescue takes a lot of manpower and a lot of resources. Besides sonar the group that was able to find him was very experienced."

Philp's body was eventually located by sonar and recovered by a dive team 50 feet from the edge of the island where the pontoon boat was found. The water was 13 to 15 feet deep.

The search included rescue teams from Waterloo Fire; Valley Fire; Omaha Fire; the Douglas County Sheriff's Office; Yutan Fire and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The circumstances of how Philp died remain under investigation. An autopsy is pending.