Rhome officer goes missing in Kentucky lake

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Rescue squads from two counties and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources continue to search an area of Lake Cumberland, where a Rhome officer went missing Tuesday morning.
Sgt. Robin Adair, 61, went for a swim off a houseboat around 10 a.m. at the large lake near Jamestown, Ky. His wife told officials that she saw him go under but never resurface. Adair was not wearing a life preserver.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman David Baker said there was a strong current in that area of the lake near the dam.
Search and rescue crews have made several attempts to locate Adair.
“They’ve located an area of interest. A diver spent 17 minutes down in that area 100 feet deep and was not able to locate him,” Baker said. “Officers are doing their best to find him knowing he’s a fellow police officer. There’s a lot of empathy.
“It’s a large lake in Southern Kentucky, at the dam it’s up to 200 feet deep, which makes the search difficult.”
Adair has been in law enforcement for 25 years, spending the past nine years at Rhome.
“He was one of the guys that never met a stranger,” said Rhome Police Chief Sam Love, who worked the past two years with Adair. “He liked everyone he met and was always upbeat and happy.
“It’ll leave a big gap in the community. It’ll be hard to find someone to fill his shoes.”
Adair lived in Millsap in Parker County. Love said Adair and his wife regularly visited Lake Cumberland.
“He always talked when he retired that’s where he wanted to move,” Love said.
Adair was also a pilot and frequent skydiver, with around 100 jumps.
“He loved airplanes. You could show him a picture of a plane and he’d tell you when it was made and everything about it,” Love said.
“He had many loves in life — his wife of more than 20 years and was also an animal lover.”
Love said it was tough telling local business owners, many who adored Adair.
“He was very easy-going and cared a lot about this community,” said Frances Sturges of Big Z Travel Center. “If he worked, he’d always be out there waiting for us when we closed up.”
Masoud “Mason” Farhadi of Giant Burger said he was shocked by the loss of a friend, who he just helped with city’s National Night Out event.
“He was an awesome man — very kind,” Farhadi said. “He was family man and was respected by everyone. He always had something to say and something funny to share with others. He was just a great guy. We are all going to miss him.”

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