Reporting Joel Thomas
NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s been a deadly weekend on area lakes. Two people drowned in Lake Worth. Officials in Lewisville have confirmed that two people drowned in Lake Lewisville and pulled their bodies from the water Monday afternoon. A tubing accident on Joe Pool Lake also critically injured a boy.
Lewisville Fire and Rescue teams used sonar to scan the lake as they began their third day of searching for bodies on Monday. Late in the afternoon, the body of George Rodriguez was recovered. The 33-year-old had fallen off a double-decker party boat Friday. Within a few hours, a citizen found the body of the second drowning victim. The man who had been boating with his wife and children Sunday when he fell off an inner tube that was being pulled behind the boat. His name had not been released.
Two other people, 16-year-old Javier Zacarias and his 24-year-old uncle Juan Zacarias drowned in Lake Worth. The pair had been wading. According to police, the teen, who couldn’t swim, slipped into 12 feet of water. The uncle, who couldn’t swim either, tried to save him and also drowned. Police say because of low water levels they were able to wade 75 to 100 yards off shore.
Whether wading or boating, lake-goers are seeing new hazards as lake levels drop. “It’s usually up a lot more than this. It’s usually up here to the rock,” lake visitor Regis McBride said pointing. “I think you’d say eight foot down? About eight foot down from the bank.”
The low water levels have been especially dangerous for boaters.
One man was boating on Lake Ray Hubbard when he ran onto an exposed sand bar. He and his four daughters had to be rescued.
Big sailboats are especially at risk because they need deep water to operate.
Each new day exposes new hazards on the water. “Mostly trees,” boater Eric Kihl noted. “Some of the tires have come loose from the wave break. And things we’ve never seen before are now sticking up out of the water.”
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