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Officials are investigating a double-fatality jet-ski crash on Lake Palo Pinto

Authorities found the bodies of the two men riding the jet ski in a field of debris. Both men were wearing life jackets.
Authorities found the bodies of the two men riding the jet ski in a field of debris. Both men were wearing life jackets.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused a jet-ski crash that killed two people early Saturday at Lake Palo Pinto.

Texas game wardens and the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call about 1:20 a.m. alerting them to a possible accident involving a jet ski and two people on Lake Palo Pinto, a news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said.

The caller said that two of his friends had left the lake house where they were staying aboard a jet ski and that he later heard a loud crash from the direction where they were headed.

Following a search of the area, officers located the jet ski and a debris field along with the bodies of two fatally injured men —Tanner Poeschel, 22, of Fort Worth, and Harrison Smith, 22, of Signal Mountain, Tenn. Both victims were wearing a life jacket, the release said.

On Sunday, a parks and wildlife spokeswoman said investigators believe the jet ski struck a boat dock but had no other details to release.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

At Possum Kingdom, the rebuilding of destroyed homes started immediately after the April 2011 wildfires that were the eighth-largest on record in the state, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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