Body Recovered at Dallas' White Rock Lake; ID Confirmed

NBC 5 has learned the Dallas Police Department recovered the body of a swimmer from White Rock Lake Wednesday.

The body was identified as 24-year-old Jeremy Daugherty.

Rescuers with the police and fire department searched the lake for Daugherty, who went swimming with a friend Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday afternoon, DFR's swift water rescue team was called out the lake after witnesses said Daugherty and another man jumped into the water from a pedestrian bridge and swam toward shore.

When Daugherty began to struggle, his friend tried to help, but was overcome with fatigue, officials said. 

Daugherty then slipped under the water and never resurfaced.

Firefighters and divers arrived at the north side of the lake, near the White Rock Lake Trail foot bridge, and began searching for the man using sonar and grappling devices. After several hours, near dusk, the search was suspended until Wednesday morning.

Officials said that while the area had been dredged a couple of years ago, mud, tree stumps and debris made the search difficult, even though the water is only estimated to be about 8 feet deep.

Search crews returned to the area at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, and divers entered the water at 8:30 a.m. Shortly after noon, a Daugherty's body was recovered.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff, Bianca Castro, Ellen Bryan & Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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