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Galveston man drowns at Lake Lewisville

LITTLE ELM -- A Galveston man drowned Sunday afternoon at Lake Lewisville after swimming with friends near Little Elm Park, authorities said Monday.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Gregorio Cruz, 24.

It was not known by authorities if Cruz was one of the thousands of residents who evacuated the Texas coast last week because of Hurricane Ike.

Cruz was pronounced dead shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday after rescue workers found his body in the lake.

Cruz went swimming with friends shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday near the park, authorities said. He then swam toward a small peninsula, but never made it, authorities said.

His body was found in water about 12 to 16 feet deep, authorities said.