Crews Recover Body Of Teen From Lake Roosevelt - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Crews Recover Body Of Teen From Lake Roosevelt

LAKE ROOSEVELT, Wash. - Lincoln County Sheriff rescue crews recovered the body of 19-year-old Nicholas Campbell Tuesday near the Seven Bays Marina on Lake Roosevelt's eastern shore.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office believes Campbell, from Odessa, drowned Saturday evening while out boating with a group of buddies. Officials said Campbell's friend suggested they jump out in the water while the boat was moving. The boat was going about 20 miles an hour. They also said the teens did not have life-jackets and alcohol was a factor.

The friend popped back up right away and Campbell resurfaced briefly but then disappeared and never came back up.

Lake Roosevelt is so deep, at 130 feet, that divers could not go that far down to retrieve him. Combined with GPS coordinates, rescue crews had to use special sonar equipment from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in Idaho called side scan. The technology has two torpedo-like sonar that are pulled behind boats as sound waves radiate sideways. They produces a 3-D picture of the lake bed. Crews also used a robotic arm to pull the body back up.

Lincoln County Undersheriff Kelly Watkins not only helped organize the search for the teen, he was Campbell's acquaintance and neighbor. He described the Odessa teen as incredible person and athlete who excelled at football, basketball and baseball. At one time a popular sports website ranked him as the number two linebacker in the state while playing for the Odessa High School Tigers.

"It's very difficult, especially when it's somebody that you know," Watkins told KHQ. "He was a good kid. Nick was a good kid. He was athletic, he loved sports, his family. He was a good kid."

Watkins said an autopsy is likely forthcoming and might be able to help solve exactly what happened to Campbell when he hit the water.

Since some of the kids were minors, and alcohol was involved, the Sheriff's Office said it may investigate who gave the teens the drinks.

This story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter & Anchor Chelsea Kopta

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