3 People Drown in North Texas Lakes On 4th of July; 1 Drowns in Swimming Pool

A 17-year-old drowned at Rockledge Park in Grapevine, a 31-year-old from Arlington drowned at Possum Kingdom Lake, and a young boy drowned at Lake Lavon, according to media reports. A 42-year-old man drowned in a pool in Cleburne. (Credit: RODGER MALLISON, Star-Telegram)

Four drowning deaths have been reported in North Texas on the Fourth of July.

Three of the drownings occurred at lakes, and one in a swimming pool. Two of the three lake drownings reportedly involved someone who wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

In Grapevine, a 17-year-old boy went underwater in Lake Grapevine at Rockledge Park as he swam with his family, according to the Star-Telegram’s media partner, WFAA-TV. The Grapevine Dive Team recovered the teen and took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He had not been wearing a life jacket in the lake, according to WFAA.

He was identified as Alberto Santos of Dallas, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. A ruling on his death is pending an autopsy.

At Possum Kingdom Lake roughly 80 miles west of Fort Worth, WFAA reported, a 31-year-old Arlington man who wasn’t wearing a life jacket drowned.

Rescue crews had responded to a call about two men in distress.

Good Samaritans performed CPR on one man but couldn’t revive him. The name of the victim is pending notification of relatives.

The second person was reportedly expected to survive.

At Lake Lavon, a young boy went underwater at Collin Park, off St. Paul Road, in Wylie, according to WFAA. He was found and officials started CPR. The child was taken to Baylor Scott & White in Wylie, where he was pronounced dead.

A 42-year-old man drowned in a pool in the 1100 block of Willow Creek Road in Cleburne, according to the medical examiner’s website. He was identified as Michael Robert Franklin.

SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jack Howland