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4 deaths reported on North Texas lakes; search resumes for missing man

Divers resumed their search Tuesday morning for the body of a 22-year-old man who jumped into Lake Grapevine on Sunday and never surfaced.

Ricky Frazier of Irving was not wearing a life jacket when he jumped off a boat about 100 yards from the shore, authorities said. A friend, who was wearing a life jacket, jumped in after Frazier but could not locate him, said Lt. Todd Dearing, a Grapevine police spokesman.

Investigators do not know what caused Frazier to disappear but said alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Divers were also checking conditions at the site where he jumped in.

"Did he jump in and hit a rock? We don't know until we get him recovered," Dearing said.

The man's apparent death is one of four fatalities reported at North Texas lakes this Memorial Day weekend.

Authorities from the Tarrant Regional Water District are investigating a collision Sunday night between two personal watercraft at Eagle Mountain Lake that left two young people dead.

The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. on the southwest portion of the lake near Azle.

Two men on a personal watercraft collided with another personal watercraft operated by a man who had a female passenger, said Chad Lorance, a spokesman for the water district.

The man and woman on the same watercraft were killed. The man was identified as Richard Minnaar, 22, of Keller, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. The woman's identity had not been released Monday afternoon.

"The investigation into the cause is still pending," Lorance said.

Authorities also identified a 24-year-old man who drowned Sunday in Lake Lewisville as Balint Gash of The Colony. Gash jumped off a boat and never surfaced, according to officials with the Lewisville Fire Department. His body was found about an hour later.

Game Warden Neal Bieler, captain for the Fort Worth district, said many lake drownings can be prevented by wearing a life jacket.

"The main thing, whether people think they need them or not, is to wear life jackets," Bieler said. "They have to be worn properly, not just slung over your shoulders or left unbuckled."

The law requires children 13 and under to wear a life jacket on any watercraft and boats must have one life jacket for each person on board, Bieler said.

People riding a personal watercraft are required to wear a life jacket, no matter their age, he said. A violation is a Class C misdemeanor.

SUSAN SCHROCK, 817-390-7639

CHRIS VAUGHN, 817-390-7547

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