OHP says the boy was swimming to a sand bar when he yelled for help

Last updated: August 13. 2014 4:46PM -
By - mswearengin@civitasmedia.com

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The body of a Colbert teen who drowned in Lake Texoma was recovered Tuesday evening, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

OHP did not initially release his name, but on Wednesday afternoon, they identified him as fifteen-year-old Garlin Ward.

Ward drowned at approximately 1 p.m. at Sunset Cove. According to OHP, the boy and his cousin were swimming when they decided to race to a sand bar that was approximately 70 feet from the shoreline.

After swimming approximately 45 feet, they both stopped to rest and at that time, the victim began to yell for help.

According to the OHP report, the victim’s cousin tried to help him when they both went under water.

When the cousin swam back to the surface, he found the victim floating face down.

The victim then sank into the water.

OHP recovered the body at approximately 6:12 in 21 feet of water.

Trooper Danny Chaffin of the Marine Enforcement Division of OHP investigated the drowning. Cartwright Search and Rescue, the Colbert Fire Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assisted.

In other news, a vacant house burned Monday morning, according to the Durant Fire Department.

Firefighters were dispatched at 2:17 to 415 S. 19th Ave. and when they arrived several minutes later, the back side of the house in the area of the back door was on fire.

Firefighters put out the fire and called the fire marshal.

They left the scene at 3:17 that morning.

A cause of the fire was not disclosed, however the report stated the house was vacant. The report did not disclose the name of the owner.

In other accidents, Edmond city officials say a longtime municipal employee has been struck and killed by a train, The Associated Press reported.

City spokesman Casey More says 57-year-old Bob Waterson was killed Tuesday evening when trying to move his truck, which was stuck near the railroad tracks. Waterson worked for Edmond Electric for about 34 years.

Moore says the crash occurred as Waterson tried to de-energize lines that were no longer in use.

Edmond police are investigating the accident.

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