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Deadly Weekend On DFW Area Lakes

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LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – It has been a deadly weekend on DFW area lakes as people flock to the water to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

On Sunday night, a 15-year-old boy and his 23-year-old uncle drowned at Lake Worth. According to authorities, the boy fell off a ledge while wading in waist-deep water, about 75 yards off shore. When the uncle attempted to save the boy, the uncle was pulled under as well. Neither victims were wearing life jackets.

“Swimmers should always be accompanied by someone who can swim and possibly have a safety vest with them,” said Carol Jones with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Meanwhile, the search continues at Lake Lewisville for a 37-year-old father from Frisco who went under on Sunday while trying to rescue one of his kids. According to the Game Warden’s office, the father was tubing with his son when the boy fell off the tube. The father, who was not wearing a life jacket, went to save his son. The father never surfaced.

The child, who was wearing a life jacket, is okay.

Search teams are combing over a 10 to 14 acre area in the east-central part of the lake. “It’s very frustrating,” said Dep. Johnny Peters with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. “It actually hits home. We are out here trying to do what we can, and when we found out that someone is missing or has drowned, it hits us all.”

A third incident occurred on Friday, when a 33-year-old Mesquite man went missing after falling off of a party boat. Divers have yet to recover his body and continue to search.

Game Warden Lt. Jennifer Kemp said, “If we can get the point across to people to wear your life jackets. They’re called that for a reason; it’s there to save your life.”

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