Drowning Victim Recovered from Lake Whitney
The body of a Fort Worth man missing since his canoe tipped at Lake Whitney Monday has been recovered.
Search teams continued their work Tuesday morning. Later in the day, our news partners at New Channel 10 reported that searchers have found the man's remains.
The deceased, whose identity has not yet been released, was one of two passengers aboard a canoe that capsized on the lake Monday. One of the passengers was able to swim to shore. Unfortunately, neither man was wearing a life vest, and the man who drowned may not have known how to swim.
The area in which the canoe capsized ranges in depth from 10 to 20 feet, which is considered too shallow for dive teams. Crews were forced to search from boats and the shore.
Our friend Rick Smith, owner of Marine Outlet in Temple and host of On the Dock Radio, reminds us every chance he gets to always wear life vests when we're out on the water, no matter how shallow it is or what sort of vessel we're in. (Even if we're just swimming.)
You should also have a float plan indicating where you're setting out from, where you plan to go, and when you plan to be back. Give that float plan to someone back on shore you trust, and arrange for them to contact authorities if they don't hear from you.
As temperatures rise here in Texas, more and more people are going to be visiting our local lakes. Share the water responsibly and be safe out there.