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Body recovered from Lake Cumberland after days-long search identified

Posted at 10:03 PM, Jun 21, 2024

UPDATE: June 24 at 1:40 p.m.
The Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad says the man fell off the back of a pontoon and never resurfaced. The Christian Aid Ministry was able to locate him with an underwater drone.

According to officials, the victim has been identified as 72-year-old Darrell Kirby of Liberty Township, Ohio.

UPDATE: June 24 at 11:30 a.m.
The Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad reports that on Sunday evening, the Christian Aid Ministry was able to locate the male who apparently fell off the back of a boat on Friday evening.

UPDATE: June 22 at 10:55 p.m.
Local authorities in Pulaski County continue their search into Saturday of a possible drowning at Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky.

Residents in the area tell LEX 18 that a man in his 70s possibly drowned in the Party Cove - Big South Fork area of the lake and was not wearing a life jacket. Residents who were at the Party Cove say he either jumped in or fell in due to a medical condition. Police have not confirmed these details with LEX 18.

People who live near Party Cove say several police cars were at Burnside Marina until 1:00 this afternoon, and several others were still combing through the waters.

LEX 18 has not received any further information from the Sheriff's Office about the possible drowning but will continue to follow the incident and make updates.

Original Story:
Emergency responders and rescue divers responded to Lake Cumberland Friday evening.

No word yet on what exactly happened but around 8 p.m., the Burnside Fire Department reported divers in the water in the South Fork area of the lake.

We're working to learn more and will provide any updates.

This is a developing story. Stay with LEX 18 as we learn more.