DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A dive team recovered the body of a drowning victim in White Rock Lake on Wednesday, a day after the man jumped into the lake from a bridge with a friend.
Police say that Jeremy Daugherty, 24, experienced problems swimming after he and a his friend jumped into the lake near Mockingbird Lane on the lake’s north end on Tuesday.
The friend attempted to assist the victim back to the shore, but became fatigued and was unable to help. Daugherty submerged and never resurfaced.
Family and friends were on scene Wednesday as the search continued for a second day.
Heavy winds and strong currents made it difficult for officials to recover the body. Game wardens with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department were brought in and used sonar to assist in the search on Wednesday morning.
“There are logs and some debris on the bottom of the lake, so it’s difficult for the game wardens to determine from that vantage point what is actually a body and what is debris on the lake floor,” said Major Max Geron with Dallas Police.
The body was finally located in 10 to 15 feet of water by the Dallas Police Department dive team.
As summer approaches, officials are urging residents to use caution — particularly around water.
“The bridges are made for walking across and not for diving into the lake,” said Maj. Geron. “We ask the people to be very conscious of that and know their swimming ability and use caution around our lakes and streams.”
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