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Texas game wardens find missing swimmer dead in Lake Lewisville

The man, who was found Tuesday, jumped from a boat into the lake for a swim without a life jacket about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, but never got back to the boat
The man, who was found Tuesday, jumped from a boat into the lake for a swim without a life jacket about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, but never got back to the boat Courtesy

Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens found the body of a swimmer who went missing Sunday night in Lake Lewsiville at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The game wardens used sonar equipment and the cellphone GPS of a lifelong friend — a woman who tried to save him — to locate the body, said Capt. Cliff Swofford of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The man, about 28, jumped from a boat into the lake without a life jacket about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and never got back to the boat, Texas game warden Kyle Allison said Monday.

The woman, who was with him on the boat, threw a life jacket to him, but it did not reach him. She then jumped into the water to help him, but was unsuccessful.

While she was in the water, the boat started drifting away in the windy conditions. A nearby fisherman heard screams for help, found the woman, picked her up and brought her back to the boat.

The game wardens helped dive teams by pinpointing where her phone was at about the time the man disappeared.

Fairly strong winds on the lake may have made the water rough, Allison said. He recommended that everyone, no matter their experience swimming, have a life jacket on or readily available when out on the water.

“It doesn’t matter if the lake was rough or calm, the life jacket would have kept him afloat,” Allison said.

The body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner and his family has been notified, Swofford said.

This article contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Rafael Sears: 817-390-7657, @searsrafael

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