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Search for Two Boaters at Lewisville Lake Continues



    Game wardens and law enforcement spent Sunday looking for two men who went missing from Lewisville Lake in separate incidents. (Published Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013)

    On Sunday, at least 20 people from federal, state and local agencies searched the water of Lewisville Lake for two missing boaters.

    Lt. Jennifer Kemp, with Texas Parks and Wildlife, said on Friday night, a 33-year old man disappeared after being on a party boat.

    Then on Sunday morning, before 11 a.m., emergency crews got a call about a father from Frisco. Kemp said the man was tubing with his family, his child fell off the tube, and the man jumped in to help, but never resurfaced.

    Both men are believed to not have been wearing life jackets.

    The area where the father vanished from is considered dangerous and called a “stump field.” That’s because of the trees, considered stumps poking through the water.

    “There are not only trees, but there are years and years of debris, fishing line, fishing hooks that have all hung up in these trees over the years,” explained Asst. Chief Roland Asebedo with Denton County Emergency Operations. “You're running the hazard of having a diver caught up in these hooks and potentially losing their life.”

    Sonar is being used to try to pinpoint the location of both men, before divers jump into the water.

    With these two possible drownings, it brings the total to three, according to the Lewisville Fire Department. In June, Jaquis Jones, a star high school football player from Carrollton lost his life in the lake.