Man presumed dead after drowning

Published on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:04 - Written by Kenneth Dean, kdean@tylerpaper.com

One man is presumed dead after the boat he was in sank in the Cedar Creek Reservoir on Wednesday.

“We are no longer in rescue mode, but in a recovery operation at this time,” Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said Wednesday afternoon. 

A 911 call was made Wednesday morning after one man was able to reach a small island and call for help. The other man on the boat reportedly drowned between Seven Points and Gun Barrel City.

Nutt said the male victim is between the ages of 40 and 45 years old and from the Henderson County area. 

“What we think happened is the wind was really high this morning, and a wave just swamped the boat causing it to sink,” he said.

Nutt said he was told there were life jackets in the boat but believes neither man was wearing one when the boat began taking on water. 

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, there were 22 boating fatalities in 2013 in Texas, and 85 percent of the victims were not wearing life vests. 

In Texas, all boaters 13-years-old and younger are required to wear a life vest while on the water, but those older than 13 are not required to have on a vest.

Every boat is required to have a vest available to every person on the boat.