Divers look for body at Sumner Lake

CNJ staff

Divers will resume the search today for the body of a 27-year-old Fort Sumner man believed to have drowned while jet skiing Sunday at Sumner Lake, state and county officials said.

Josh Kenyon was last seen in the water about 6 p.m. Sunday by nearby fishermen in the northwest section of the lake known as Sandy Beach, according to De Baca County Medical Examiner and family friend Juan Chavez.

Chavez said Kenyon had fallen off his jet ski and was trying to get back on when he went under. He was not wearing a life vest when he disappeared.

Chavez said the victim wore a life vest while jet skiing with friends most of the day. As the group was starting to haul the jet skis out of the water, Kenyon decided to go for a final ride, Chavez said.

Witnesses said Kenyon fell off his jet ski while making a turn, Chavez said. He said the safety switch that kills the engine was not engaged, and the jet ski went around in circles as Kenyon tried to climb on several times in the choppy conditions.

Chavez said Kenyon had returned to Fort Sumner about a year ago to work for his grandfather, who owns Finney Farms.

He said the search by state police divers was scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. today.