No one was hurt Sunday afternoon when Geary County Sheriff’s deputies rescued a father and son from Milford Lake.

The rescue took place after a call was put in to the Sheriff’s Department, reporting a boat occupied by two males who appeared distressed, on the lake at the mouth of Madison Creek.

The Geary County Sheriff Department Marine Unit was already on the water at this time, in the vicinity of Curtis Creek. The unit responded to the location. Upon arrival, deputies located Armando Matute Jr., of Ft. Riley, and his 14-year-old son floating in the water. Deputies pulled the father and son from the water and transported them to Milford State Park. There, they met with Kansas Wildlife and Parks. Armando Matute said they were going along in their boat when they heard a loud pop, which he believed they struck something in the water, and their boat began taking on water.

The pair were using safe boating practices and were wearing their personal floatation devices — meaning life jackets, something the Sheriff Department expressed gratefulness for in a release sent out after the water rescue. If the pair had not done those things, the release said, the incident could have ended tragically.

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