A Family's Warning After a Pair of Drownings at Lake Worth

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Monday, Sep 2, 2013  |  Updated 10:36 PM CDT
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The Zacarias family wants more warnings about a drop off in the water  at a popular area on Lake Worth after two family members drowned Sunday.

Lindsay Wilcox, NBC 5 News

The Zacarias family wants more warnings about a drop off in the water at a popular area on Lake Worth after two family members drowned Sunday.

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A North Texas family is warning others after a weekend gathering at Lake Worth turned deadly.

24-year-old Juan Zacarias and his nephew 15-year-old Javier Zacarias were swimming near Arrow S Park off of Cahoba Drive when witnesses say the lake bottom dropped off sharply.

Javier's little brother, 13-year-old Richard, was with the two and says he nearly drowned as well.

The family was celebrating the Labor Day weekend and Richard says they were about to leave when the three decided to head back out in the water for one last dip.

Richard says in a matter of a single step the depth went from 4 feet to at least 9.

"My brother had three crosses. My uncle had two. I guess they were praying. They yanked it off, held it in their hand, locked each other and went down together," says Richard.

Fort Worth Fire Lieutenant Carol Jones says the lake has been dredged for the last year and it's created a steep 12-foot ledge across a long stretch of the area where the family was swimming.

The area of the lake is near picnic tables and a playground so it attracts lots of families. And while it's not a designated swimming area, there's a clear path to the water and plenty of people swimming during the heat of the day.

Now, after losing two of their relatives, the Zacarias family is calling on the city to put up warning signs so that others won't wade out into water that is not safe.

"Everywhere I go, I know that what I saw is never going to get out of my mind," said Richard.

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