Drowning victim remembered as driven athlete, businessman - KCTV5


Drowning victim remembered as driven athlete, businessman

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Mark Selbee and his family Mark Selbee and his family

Family and friends are mourning the death of Mark Selbee, who drowned while boating on Hillsdale Lake over the Memorial Day weekend with his children.

Selbee was a businessman and a champion kickboxer.

Jarrod Townsend, a friend and trainer to Selbee, said he was extroverted and a gentle family member who would do anything to help a friend.

"He was seen as a human superman, just a big, strong and tough guy full of passion and love," Townsend said. "He drove everybody else around him. He had a tremendous energy about him and spirit. He had the ability to motivate. He was tender and loving, caring. He just always put other people first."

Selbee and two of his children were taking his new boat out for a ride Saturday. Townsend believes Selbee dropped something into the water and jumped in to retrieve it.

He never resurfaced.

His body was recovered Sunday night in about 20 feet of water.

"It is numbing to everybody, all of us," Townsend said.

Divers and search teams had spent Saturday and Sunday looking for Selbee's body. They brought in cadaver dogs and sonar technology to aid in their search.

Overland Park fire and police departments worked 36 hours assisting Osawatomie and Miami county dive teams search for Selbee.

Search crews said they were relieved to find the body and give the family some much needed closure.

The call for help came from a concerned boater who saw two young children stranded in a boat. They were upset and told rescuers their father went into the water and never came back.

Officials said the two children were both wearing life jackets.

The incident happened about 3:35 p.m. on Saturday near Hillsdale Point, near the northern portion of the lake off of Orleans Road in Miami County.

Johnson County Fire District Battalion Chief Rodger Larison said, "We had boats on the rescue team within a minute of the call and had units here quickly. We had a boat on the water immediately."

Larison said rescue crews tried to narrow down the search area but the murky water and debris in the lake made it a difficult search.

"He loved his wife and kids more than life itself. We lost a good man," Townsend said.

Family friend say an autopsy on Selbee is scheduled for Tuesday.

KCTV5's DeAnn Smith and Jamie Oberg contributed to this report.

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