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After weather delay, officials resume search for Lake Arlington jet skier

Texas Game wardens continued their search visually and used side-scanning sonar on Saturday evening to look for a missing jet skier on Lake Arlington. The man was reported missing Friday night.
Texas Game wardens continued their search visually and used side-scanning sonar on Saturday evening to look for a missing jet skier on Lake Arlington. The man was reported missing Friday night.

Officials on Sunday afternoon continue to search for a missing jet skier on Lake Arlington and will continue working until dark, according to David Tyler, Arlington Fire Department spokesman

Because of the potential for threatening weather, officials had suspended their search about 6 p.m. Saturday. The search continued at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Arlington Fire Department’s dive team is leading the search for a male in his early 40s, Tyler said. They received a call about 7:30 p.m. Friday from the family saying he went out at 4 p.m. and hadn’t returned.

Authorities located the jet ski. KDFW/Channel 4 reported that the man is a father of three. Tyler said he believes the man was visiting family from out of town.

“Right now we are operating in rescue mode but at about 4 p.m., we’ll start operating in recovery mode,” Tyler said on Saturday.

Three boats were on the lake using side-scan sonar but will be downsized in the case of severe weather, Tyler said. A Fort Worth police Air One helicopter was used Friday night.

Grand Prairie Fire Department, Tarrant Regional Water District and the Texas Game Wardens assisted with the search Saturday.

The boat ramp is closed to the public while the search continues.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson

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