Two more drownings occurred in Kentucky on Sunday while crews continued to search for a Fort Knox soldier who is believed to have drowned Saturday.
Anthony M. Carter, 23, of Syracuse, Ind., had gone boating at Taylorsville Lake in Spencer County on Saturday with several other soldiers and acquaintances, said Sgt. Scott Herndon, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Carter had recently returned to Fort Knox after becoming ill during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Herndon said Carter was a diabetic and had mentioned feeling like his blood sugar was falling before he went swimming.
Witnesses said Carter swam out to pick up a can that was floating in the water, and he went under while he was swimming back to the boat. The area he was swimming in is 30 to 40 feet deep.
Crews from Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corps of Engineers and Spencer County Fire and Rescue began looking for Carter about 5 p.m. Saturday and had not found a body by 8 p.m. Monday.
Herndon said search efforts were being hampered by "extremely hazardous conditions." He said trees and brush are still standing about 10 feet below the surface of the water from before the lake was flooded in the 1980s.
"One diver got caught and actually had to cut himself free," Herndon said.
Sonar equipment, which must be dragged on a line under a boat, could not navigate the area.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating a drowning Sunday at Lake Carnico in Nicholas County.
Sgt. Andrew Suit with the department said Silverio Zavala, 37, and his family had been at the lake for about 10 minutes before the family noticed Zavala had gone under.
Investigators aren't sure why Zavala drowned. The family was under the impression that Zavala could swim, but the body was found at the bottom of a steep drop off.
"It may have gone from wading depth to (where) his feet were not on the bottom, and he panicked," Suit said.
A teenager also drowned Sunday in Oldham County while swimming between two docks.
According to a news release from the Oldham County Police Department, Anthony T. Frerman, 17, "became distressed" and submerged at Crystal Lake.
Frerman's body was recovered by the Louisville Metro Dive Team. He was pronounced dead by the Oldham County Coroner's Office.
Suit said it's not uncommon to see an increase in drowning deaths during warm-weather holidays.