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3 drownings Sunday among 7 holiday lake deaths

Three men drown and another was injured Sunday in Denton County, nearly doubling the number of people killed during the holiday weekend at North Texas lakes.

The most incidents on Sunday happened at Lake Lewisville.

Lake Lewisville

At Lake Lewisville, Saul Rangel, 18, of Lewisville and Ismael Rangel, 31, of Houston drowned while swimming during a family outing Sunday, said Game Warden Capt. Neal Bieler.

Also Sunday, Eugenio Reyes of Dallas, 26, was pulled from the Highland Village side of the lake at about 12:10 p.m., officials said. He was last seen about 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lake Grapevine

At Lake Grapevine, a 27-year-old Irving man was pronounced dead late Sunday night several hours after emergency crews pulled him out of the water, authorities said.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jose Andrade who died at Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital.

Andrade was on a charter boat about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when he jumped into the lake, according to Grapevine police reports. More than 20 people were on the boat at the time, reports state.

His body was found almost 30 minutes later about 100 yards from Scott’s Landing Marina, the police reports state.

He was taken to Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine and then flown by helicopter ambulance to the Fort Worth hospital.

Lake Ray Roberts

A man drowned while scuba diving along the east short of Lake Ray Roberts, according to reports.

Kenneth Harper, 31, of Pilot Point was identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. The area where he drowned was about a quarter mile south of the dam, the agency said.

"Apparently two brothers went down and something happened to one," Bieler said. "One brother came up and hollered for help.

"My guy at the scene said he still had 150 pounds of air."

Investigators are checking to see if there was a malfunction with man's dive equipment, Bieler said.

Grim weekend

The incidents Sunday capped a holiday weekend in which seven people drowned at area lakes, including a 13-year-old Shannon Alcock of Cedar Hill girl who died late Friday at Joe Pool Lake.

Also Friday, Natalie Escobar, 3, of Carrollton drowned at Lake Lewisville, according to broadcast news reports.

Eighth drowning in state

In the Austin area, a man drowned Saturday night after diving into the water to try to untwist a boat anchor, the Associated Press reported.

Staff writer Candace Carlisle contributed to this report