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Search continues for Pittsburg man at Beaver Lake

Updated July 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM CST

The search for a 19 year old Pittsburg man continues.  Tyler Jeck has been missing since July 16 when he dove from a boat into Beaver Lake in Arkansas.

Jeck graduated from St. Mary’s Colgan in Pittsburg in May 2010.  Sports were a passion of his as he played football, basketball and baseball.  His senior year he played pitcher for the team- when they won the Division 2-1A state title.

Jeck was an honor student at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas where he was studying pre-med.

“He was a fun loving goofy kind of kid,” says a former classmate, Dylan Clay.  “He never had a frown on his face, always smiling and always happy.  He never let life throw him down.  He was always in a good mood.”

Pray for Tyler Jeck is a Facebook page where thoughts and prayers can be heard.

Reported July 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM CST

Search crews are back out on Beaver Lake looking for a missing swimmer.

A 19-year-old Pittsburg man disappeared after diving into the water off a boat Saturday.
Several agencies across the state of Arkansas are assisting Benton County in the search.
Authorities have marked a couple points of interest where the body may be and today they will be bringing cadaver dogs out onto the water to help with the search.

More than a dozen search boats scoured the waters of Beaver Lake near the Ventrice boat launch ramp Sunday.

Benton County tracked the 911 call of the swimmers disappearance to this location. Crews also have the use of special mini submarine.

The 19-year-old victim was visiting from Pittsburg, Kansas.

He disappeared just before two o’clock Saturday afternoon when he dove head first into the water from a boat and never resurfaced.

He was not wearing a life jacket and was reportedly partying with friends at the time.
Alcohol was believed may be a contributing factor in this incident since authorities were informed that the victim had been drinking some.
Nothing was found yesterday so the search will continue today until the body is found.

“It’s got a video camera on it so anything we see in the water that’s a point of interest we’ll send the sub down before we send divers in,” say rescuers.

Benton County says one of the big issues surrounding this search is the depth of the lake.

“It’s between 80 and 100 feet deep right here which really cramps how much time divers can spend under water. They can only be in the water for five to six minutes at that depth. Once they resurface, they are done diving for the day. Because of the nitrogen build up in the body, they have to decompress.”

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