June 16, 2014

Searchers look for man missing in Lake Lewisville

Searchers were to resume their efforts Monday morning at Lake Lewisville for a man who may have drowned Sunday.

A search resumed Monday morning at Lake Lewisville for a man who may have drowned Sunday, an official said.

Michael Quach, 38, of Melissa, disappeared about 4 p.m. Sunday after he jumped from a boat, trying to rescue his wife’s nephew, said Lt. Jennifer Kemp, a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden and spokeswoman.

“It was windy yesterday and Michael was the boat operator,” Kemp said. “The nephew was wearing a life jacket, and he is fine. Michael wasn’t wearing a life jacket.”

Search crews who were called out Sunday afternoon used sonar in the area of Hidden Cove Park at the north end of the lake. The search was suspended Sunday night, and Monday’s search did not include divers or sonar, Kemp said.

“We’re not diving, because we don’t have a really good location,” she said. “We’re not using sonar, because it’s too windy.”

Kemp explained that other people on the boat didn’t know how to operate it, and the boat drifted for about 20 minutes before emergency services was notified that Quach was missing.

Family members insisted that Quach is a good swimmer, and were confident that he made it to shore somewhere. Kemp wasn’t as confident.

“We always hope, and that’s what the families want, that this was something survivable,” Kemp said. “Your swimming ability doesn’t guarantee your ability to survive in conditions with wind and waves and exhaustion. You have your limits, which is why we urge people to wear life jackets.”

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