Another Drowning Occurs at Local Lake


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A 41-year-old man died after being pulled from Joe Pool Lake on Thursday.

Grand Prairie Fire Department responded to a drowning call near the swimming beach area of the lake just after 4 p.m.

Bystanders had pulled the man from the lake and were administering CPR to the man when medics arrived. GPFD then took the man to a local hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office has not yet released the man’s name.

The man was not wearing a life jacket, according to Grand Prairie FD.

This is the latest in a series of drowning deaths this spring and summer. The following is not a comprehensive list but details some of the tragedies that have hit area lakes this year, as reported by The Dallas Express:

On Easter Sunday, local departments reported three drowning deaths.
A Grand Prairie man went missing at Joe Pool Lake before his body was found later that evening, and two other men died after jumping from a boat at Lake Ray Hubbard.

A little over a week later, on April 26, Denton County authorities responded to another three separate drownings on or near Lake Lewisville.

A 43-year-old woman drowned that day in the swimming area near Little Elm Park, a 25-year-old man died near Sneaky Pete’s lakeside restaurant while trying to swim after his boat, and a 77-year-old man was swept away while fishing on the banks of Clear Creek, just north of the lake.

On June 7, the body of a missing 16-year-old was recovered from Lake Worth. Friends say he disappeared after wading out into the lake.

A day later, tragedy struck again on Joe Pool. Divers recovered a father and son from the lake. The father was pronounced dead at the scene, while the son was put on life support. Grand Prairie FD said the boy “had no brain function” and likely would not survive.

The common thread in all these cases is a lack of life jackets.

Grand Prairie FD had a message for boaters and swimmers after the latest drowning:

“As the lake season continues, GPFD strongly encourages the public to wear a life vest or an appropriate personal floatation device while near or in the water,” the department said in a statement to The Dallas Express.

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