Body of Missing Kayaker Recovered at Lake Ray Hubbard

The man and the woman in the kayak were not wearing life vests when their boat capsized: DFR

Search teams have recovered the body of a man whose kayak overturned on Lake Ray Hubbard Saturday morning, authorities say.

Dallas Fire-Rescue units responded at 10:48 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a kayak carrying a man and a woman capsized at Windsurf Bay Park, located at 5556 Locust Grove Road.

The Dallas Police Department's dive team recovered the man's body at about 2 p.m., officials said. His name has not been made public as of this writing.

According to a DFR spokesman, the kayakers were reportedly preparing for a race when their boat capsized. The woman resurfaced and was quickly rescued by good Samaritan in a boat, the spokesman said.

The two were not wearing life vests, officials said.

Firefighters from Dallas and Rowlett, Dallas police and the Texas Game Warden worked together to organize search and recovery efforts.

More information will be released as it becomes available, the DFR spokesman said.

Tips for Safe Swimming This Summer 

  • Bring a buddy: don't swim alone even at public pools or lifeguarded beaches.
  • Never leave young children unattended near water and never trust a child's life with another child.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear U.S. Coast Guard-Approved life jackets.
  • Establish rules, and always enforce them. Don't let children play around drains or suction fittings. Also, don't let children have breath-holding competitions.
  • Be aware: Cold temperatures, currents, and jagged rocks at rivers and lakes can make water dangerous.
  • Always wear a life jacket on a boat. Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Don't drink and swim. Alcohol impairs balance, coordination, and judgement.
  • Sign up for swimming lessons if you've never had them.
  • Always swim in areas supervised by lifeguards where available

(Source: Red Cross)

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