Greene County man drowns in Guthrie County Lake Saturday


June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Guthrie County early this (Monday) morning, released the name of a Greene County man who drowned in Lake Panorama Saturday evening. 54-year old Larry Blanchfield, of Churdan, died shortly after the incident occurred at around 5:20-p.m., Saturday.

Authorities say they received a 911 call from a cell phone at around 5:23-p.m., indicating there was a subject down in the water at Lake Panorama, who was unresponsive.  Emergency services responded, including Panora Fire & Rescue, Lake Patrol, State Patrol and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.  A male subject later identified as Blanchfield, was pulled from the water with the help of citizens and LPA Lake Patrol.  Panora paramedics attempted to revive the man by performing CPR, but were unsuccessful.  Blanchfield was transported to the Guthrie County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation indicates Blanchfield initially jumped off the boat into the water to retrieve a hat and went under the water.  The investigation is continuing at this time.  Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.