SMU student who drowned off party boat had high alcohol level

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A Southern Methodist University student who drowned in Lake Grapevine on July Fourth weekend while a passenger on a “party boat” had a large amount of alcohol in his system before his death, a Tarrant County medical examiner’s report states.

Trevor John Loughlin’s blood alcohol level was 0.254, according to the toxicology report included in his autopsy, which lists fresh water drowning as the cause of death.

The report was released to the Star-Telegram by the Grapevine Police Department.

Grapevine Lt. Larry Hallmark, who investigated Loughlin’s death, said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

“It was an accident,” Hallmark said. “There was no unexpected trauma to the body.”

Loughlin’s blood alcohol limit was three times above the 0.08 limit applied to drivers of vehicles and boats.

Loughlin, 21, a senior at the Cox School of Business at SMU, was on a boat on Lake Grapevine with 59 other passengers on July 4 when he apparently got off the boat near Mustang Island on Lake Grapevine.

According to his obituary, Loughlin was a certified scuba diver and water skier.

Loughlin was not reported missing until the boat returned to the marina several hours later. A boater found Loughlin’s body two days later.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696 Twitter: @fwstliz