At approximately 3:12 PM on Sunday May 18, 2014, the Riley County Police Department received an emergent call stating that a small fishing boat in the Tuttle Cove Park area of Tuttle Creek had capsized. Once on scene, police found that the boat, approximately 14 feet in length, was carrying 3 passengers, who were not wearing personal floatation vests, at the time of its sinking. All three passengers were placed into the 59 degree water in an area where the depth is estimated to be 26 feet.
Two passengers, Jessica Regodos, 22, and Joshua Jacobs, 28, of Manhattan were rescued by a bystander who was able to pull them into his fishing boat. Regodos was subsequently transported to Mercy Regional for non-life threating serious injury. Jacobs was able to drive his personal vehicle to Mercy Regional.
A search for the third passenger was started immediately and members of Riley County Emergency Management, Riley County Fire, Riley County EMS, Manhattan Fire Department, US Army Core of Engineers, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the Mission Township Water Rescue Team from Shawnee County as well as the Riley County Police Department participated in a coordinated search of the cove’s entrance into the lake for approximately 7.5 hours.
During the course of the search and rescue effort, the decision was made to begin a search and recovery operation due to the length of time the third passenger was thought to have been underwater.
Shortly after 10:00 PM emergency crews recovered the body of Matthew Mann, 25, of Junction City, Kansas. He was pronounced dead at the scene as a victim of drowning.
The Riley County Police Department would like to thank the agencies and personnel involved in this tragic emergency response and would also like to extend their deepest sympathies to Mann’s family and friends.