UPDATE: Monday 7:00 p.m. – The teen’s body was recovered around 6:00 p.m. Monday according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.
His body was found about 20 yards from where he was last seen.
COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The search and rescue for a 17-year-old missing on Lake Lavon has now turned into a recovery mission. The teenager was last seen jumping into the water, from a party barge, Sunday afternoon. He never resurfaced.
Search crews were out using sonar equipment, combing the waters on the lake until well after dark Sunday night and they went back out on the water Monday morning.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Tony Norton said the teen was on a party boat with a church group, near the Colin Park Marina. The teens were said to be jumping off the top deck of the boat into the water.
Norton said the area where they’re searching today is about 38 feet deep. “There’s all kinds of things that could have happened when he went into the water, but it is very deep there. There are some stumps in the water, there is some debris. [sic] Any kind of disturbance in the water really dusts up a huge fog and really that’s one of the challenges we’re trying to work through.”
The terrain, debris in the water and the weather has also made it very difficult for recovery teams to get a clear sonar picture underwater.
Those on the lake with the teen Sunday said he is a “relatively good swimmer,” but Norton said he wasn’t wearing a life preserver. The teenager’s father said his son is a junior in high school and is here in North Texas for the summer visiting him from Louisiana.
(“The teenagers) here for a good time,” said Joe Harn of Fellowship Dallas Bible Church where the teenagers are from. “Suddenly, your world just comes to an end. The fun stops and now it’s serious. It’s sad. They’re trying to find him. My understanding is some people swam around trying to feel from him.”
According to the Game Warden there have been a number of similar cases already this summer.
In his district alone, Norton said there have already been nine drownings so far this summer, when he normally only works eight for the whole season.
Recovery crews said they plan to keep searching until the young man’s body is found, but with more rain in the forecast crews will have to be pulled off the water if lightning moves in the area.
Officials have not released the identity of the teen who is from Shreveport, Louisiana.