Local Man Drowns in Interstate Lake
On September 5, 2021 at 8:35 p.m., the Lincoln County 911 Center received a call of a subject drowning at Fremont Slough Wildlife Area. This lake is commonly called Maui Lake and is located just east of North Platte, NE. along Interstate 80. The reporter advised a male subject was duck hunting and swam out to get a downed bird. The subject went under water and never surfaced.
Deputies, Conservation Officers with Nebraska Game and Parks, North Platte Fire and Rescue and the Lincoln County Dive Team responded to the scene. Divers worked with Game and Parks to attempt to locate the missing person, but their efforts were hampered because of darkness and the search was called off for the evening.
On September 6, 2021, the above personnel met back at the lake to resume the search. At approximately 8:30 a.m., members of the Lincoln County Dive Team recovered the body of the missing subject. The name of the subject is being withheld until September 7, 2021 pending notification of relatives. The case is accidental and no foul play suspected.
The deceased in the accidental drowning has been identified as twenty-one year old Brandan Freeman of North Platte, NE.