KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A body of an 18-year-old man was pulled from Longview Lake after a water rescue Saturday afternoon.
Around 2:30 p.m., ambulances and the Kansas City Fire Department searched for a missing swimmer after a group of four youths attempted to cross a cove.
Crews quickly rescued three swimmers but the fourth, who has been identified as Timothy Nolen, went missing.
Nearly an hour into their search they recovered Timothy Nolen's body.
When the news came, Nolen's friends and family were nearby.
"He was a great boy he really cared about everybody and everything," Christina Brewer, a family friend, said.
His girlfriend, Audra Callen, is left only with memories of her childhood sweetheart.
"We got together it was one of the happiest moments of my life and he always made me the happiest that he could possibly make me," Callen said.
Nolen turned 18 on June 13. He was a senior at Ruskin high school and dreamt of being a mechanical engineer.
Six months ago, Nolen moved in with Callen’s family, when his home burned down.
"He was so sweet, he described me as the light at the end of his tunnel," Callen said.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said this is the third drowning call they've responded to so far this week.
In Saturday’s incident, none of the swimmers, including Nolen, were wearing life jackets.
"We love him and we miss him, we'll miss him every second of everyday. We were so blessed to have him just to have him for the short amount of time that we had him," Brewer said.