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.
Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-09-03 00:02:03 GMT
The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.More >
Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...More >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:42:09 GMT
Canadian police say pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.More >
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation involving a photographer, his...More >