Northeast Tarrant

Five drown in North Texas during July 4 weekend

Five drowned in North Texas over the holiday weekend.
Five drowned in North Texas over the holiday weekend. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Five people drowned in North Texas over the holiday weekend, three under the age of 18.


A 17-year-old male drowned Monday evening at Grapevine Lake.

Dijon Jerrells Spencer was swimming in the lake with his family at about 8:10 p.m. Monday near Rockledge Park, Sgt. Robert Eberling said. His father noticed Spencer was having difficulty staying above water. He and several others tried to help, but Spencer never resurfaced, Eberling said.

He was pronounced dead at 8:52 p.m., according to Tarrant County medical examiner records.

Spencer was not wearing a life jacket. Grapevine Fire-Rescue divers found him, and he was taken to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, where he later died, Eberling said.


An 18-month-old girl drowned in a backyard pool west of Azle on Sunday. Chasteen Bradley was pronounced dead at 10:17 p.m., after family members found her submerged in the pool during a family gathering.

Chasteen was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle, where emergency workers detected vital signs, but she died either en route to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, or shortly after arrival.

Collin County

An 11-year-old boy drowned in a pond in an area near an undeveloped subdivision in Collin County on Monday, WFAA reported. The boy jumped from his sailboat into the water, in a pond known as Slayter Creek, which continues downstream.

The child’s name has not been released, and there was no indication he was wearing a life jacket, WFAA reported.


Two men in their 40s drowned at Lake Ray Hubbard in separate incidents over the weekend, The Dallas Morning News reported.

On Sunday, a 43-year-old man disappeared in the lake after jumping from a boat to help save someone else. His body was recovered July 4. One person with the group was swimming and began to struggle, and the man jumped into the lake to give the person a life jacket, according to the Morning News.

The person the man was trying to save made it back to the boat safely.

Shortly after that man’s body was recovered, a 48-year-old man drowned after he was knocked out of a sailboat, according to the Morning News.

The man was trying to raise the main sail, which swung around with the wind and knocked him into the lake.

The other person on the boat threw a flotation device, but the man in the lake was unable to reach it.

More: Experts say drowning is preventable, but it’s usually silent and happens quickly.

Dylan Bradley: 817-390-7984, @dbradley1220

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