Mesquite Teen Assumed Drowned At Lake Ray Hubbard

By Andrea Lucia, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Rescue crews spent part of Saturday searching for a 19-year-old who was reported missing after a canoe accident on Lake Ray Hubbard. The incident happened around 2:00 p.m. Saturday when the teen’s canoe tipped over from strong winds. As darkness fell on the lake, crews called off the search.

The Mesquite teen and his and two friends – Chris Dalrymple and Tracy Cooper – were all on the lake when the accident took place. They realized that the winds would be too treacherous and decided to go back to the shore. “As we were turning around to come back, it tipped us over,” said Cooper.

After their canoe tipped, the three teens started to swim to safety. But the missing teen fell behind. “He was behind us most of the way. Then, he started hanging back trying to float,” said Dalrymple. “I think he was just tired. I mean, it was a mental beatdown.”

That swim was the last time that Dalrymple and Cooper would see their friend. By the time they had gotten to the shore, the teen had already disappeared. Texas game wardens said that, with the winds blowing 20 mph or more, it would have been tough for even a healthy teen to reach land.

There is no sign that the Mesquite 19-year-old ever made it to the shore safely. Police in Dallas do not want to reveal the teen’s identity until they know for sure what happened to him. Authorities plan to resume the search on Sunday morning, but are working on the assumption that the teen has drowned.

As the 19-year-old’s friends learned about his accident, they started to congregate at Lake Ray Hubbard to console each other and keep a hopeful eye on the water. Dalrymple said, “So many people love him.”

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  • DD

    Why on earth were they out on the lake without LIFEJACKETS?????

    Prayers out to the teens family.

  • Tri

    Praying to God that we find him. He is a good Kid.

  • T

    Prayer is needed. This is a close friend of mine and a strong follower of God to know that is a blessing.

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  • Amanda Dearing

    My prayers and sincerest concerns are with this family at this tragic time. My son is a baseball player at HSU and was familiar with this young man. He has been speaking with this young man’s friends who are freshmen on the baseball team, trying to assist them in processing and dealing with this situation. He, too, experienced the loss of a good friend his freshman year at HSU during spring break. He has offered his assistance or company to help them deal with this possible loss as he is very familiar with the experience and knows what they are going through.

    I pray for a positive, miraculous outcome for the family; but regardless, my prayers and thoughts are with them at this horrible time for them.

    I reported an inappropriate comment that was posted just prior to me starting my comment. Obviously someone took this into account and removed this hurtful statement. If this was written in sincerity, my prayers are also with this individual as they obviously need empathy and understanding of what a family would be experiencing at this time and I hope they learn from this experience.

  • Katie Deal

    the family of this teen are in my prayers most deffinitly…im 20 and my sophmore year of high school i experienced the loss of a good friend. if need im here..i completly understand how the friendsand family must be feeling and going through. god bless u all. again u are in my prayers i hope for a miraculous outcome aswell!


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