Beloit Native Drowns While Kayaking Waconda Lake Tuesday

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The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office reports that a drowning occurred on Waconda Lake Tuesday evening.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, a call was received at approximately 5:52 p.m. Tuesday reporting a capsized kayak. Upon further investigation, assisted by sonar technology from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, the body of Ricardo Soto-Vasquez, 55, of Beloit was found at approximately 8:30 p.m. His body was located about 15 feet from shore.

Soto-Vazquez was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.