Alma area man drowns early Sunday (Updated 8:40 a.m. July 23)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

An Alma area man drowned early Sunday in a small body of water near the Missouri River, according to Saline County Coroner Willie Harlow.

Brad Hemme, 30, was swimming with friends in the Grand Pass area. Friends noticed he was missing about 4 a.m. and began diving to find him, Harlow said.

Hemme was located, but it was too late. Harlow said he was contacted at 5 a.m. and pronounced Hemme dead at 5:30 a.m.

Next of kin have been notified, Harlow said.

Saline and Lafayette sheriff's deputies and a Saline County Ambulance crew assisted at the scene.

Contact Eric Crump at

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  • Good job getting this out on Sunday Eric.

    May all you critics of the MDN's lack of timely coverage take this example of the Editor working the weekend, in to account when you next begin criticizing for a lack of timely coverage. Ask yourselves, what was I doing this Sunday?

    I am sorry for the friends, and family of this too young for such tragedy man.

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 4:15 PM
  • The Missouri River is one of the most treacherous of its kind, it's not a swimmer friendly stream as many would make it out to be. A 7mph current combined with endless underwater obstacles make it a gamble to use as such.

    My heart goes out to the family and friends, let this be an expensive lesson to all.

    -- Posted by EiEiO on Mon, Jul 23, 2012, at 7:25 AM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    I updated the story. I misunderstood the details of the incident, but after reading the Sheriff's Department report, it's appears the swimmers were in a small lake, not the river.
  • They refer to these as "swimming holes"....still affiliated with the river from what I understand.

    Very very heart goes out to the family and his friends.

    -- Posted by mizufan12 on Mon, Jul 23, 2012, at 9:09 AM
  • As one of those "friends" you are referring to, it would be greatly appreciated if this story was corrected or removed! Being that I finsihed giving my two page statement to police at 4:17am we started diving LONG before that being that we waited for emergency medical for 35 minutes! Also we didn't have to "notice him missing". I was watching him the entire time and noticed something was wrong immediately which is when we began diving and called for help! The group of people that were there with Brad did AMAZING in the face of a tradgedy and its articles like this one that have generated so many HORRIFYING rumors for friends and family to have to deal with!

    -- Posted by ------A------ on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 12:25 PM
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