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Man, 29, drowns after dam waters overtake kayak on Trinity River

Water has been overflowing at many lakes, including the dam at Lake Worth on Sunday.
Water has been overflowing at many lakes, including the dam at Lake Worth on Sunday. Star-Telegram

The body of a man who disappeared Saturday after water released from the Eagle Mountain Dam overtook his kayak was found Sunday afternoon in a discharge pool of the Trinity River, officials said.

Joshua Reed, 29, of Fort Worth, and five others had apparently entered a restricted area to kayak in the Trinity River channel, downstream of Eagle Mountain’s main dam, around 7 p.m., according to Chad Lorance, a spokesman with the Tarrant Regional Water District.

The kayakers told authorities that they had paddled up to the dam’s discharge apron when water released through the dam from Eagle Mountain Lake overtook their kayaks. Lorance said the water had been released because the lake was full.

Alerted to the incident at about 10 p.m., TRWD police, game wardens, Eagle Mountain and Fort Worth fire departments, and a Fort Worth police helicopter searched by ground and air for the kayakers, which included a 6-year-old girl.

“The little girl was rescued by a TRWD law enforcement officer,” Lorance said.

Three or four members of the party were taken to area hospitals for treatment of scrapes, abrasions and hypothermia before being released, Lorance said.

Reed’s body was located at 2:40 p.m Sunday inside the river’s discharge pool near the main dam area. His death has been ruled an accidental drowning by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Reed’s was at least the second appparent drowning in the Metroplex over the weekend. In DeSoto, a 14-year-old boy and one of his dogs were found dead early Sunday in a storm drain not far from his home in the town south of Dallas.

Rain was also being blamed for contributing to a Saturday morning one-vehicle crash in Hurst that killed three people. Driving on Loop 820 near North East Mall, the driver lost control of his Toyota Tacoma, which hit a bridge railing, flipped over the rail and landed on a concrete embankment.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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