A 29-year-old man drowned on Canyon Lake Sunday while wearing a personal flotation device. Several calls for help were made by people concerned about the man’s safety. The man’s boat was on the lake when the rope used to tow him into the water got wrapped around the propeller and prevented the boat from returning to pick him up. The 29-year-old man was not wearing a personal flotation device and eventually became fatigued and went under the surface.
Man drowned on Canyon Lake while wearing personal flotation device
The first drowning incident of the season happened Sunday afternoon near Boat Ramp No. 6. Firefighters responded to the scene to find a 29-year-old man in the water, who was not wearing a life jacket. The rope used to tow the tube was wrapped around the boat’s propeller and could not return to pick him up. Fortunately, a pontoon boat was nearby and pulled him from the water. EMS transported him to a local hospital in serious condition.
Comal County sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple drowning calls
The Comal County Sheriff’s Office has responded to multiple drowning calls this season, and several of those calls were made while the caller was wearing a personal flotation device. A man in his 40s drowned while wearing a PFD at Canyon Lake, Texas, on Saturday afternoon. He was wearing a personal flotation device when he went into the water, and his friends were able to pull him out of the water face-down. The victim, identified as Deryl Jermaine Reynolds, was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident, which was also a personal flotation device.
Jose Luis Huerta ran directly over Marissa Armijo
Marissa Armijo, 15, loved being towed in a boat around Canyon Lake in Arizona. The lake is part of the Colorado River system, south of Las Vegas. The teen was a cross-country runner and loved to explore her surroundings. On Sept. 4, 2005, she was killed by a drunken boater.
TPWD game warden’s boat
A Texas game warden’s boat was used to rescue the man who drowned while wearing a personal flotation device on Canyon Lake on Thursday. TPWD game wardens have responded to numerous accidents on Texas waterways over the past few years, including two fatalities on Lake Lewisville and three other boating incidents. Other TPWD game wardens also responded to incidents involving illicit drugs, illegal hunting, and lost children.
Life jackets are key to boating safety
While many people enjoy the fun and excitement of boating, many don’t realize that life jackets are a key factor in boating safety. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, life jackets could prevent 85 percent of boating-related drownings. In fact, about 60 percent of children who drowned in 2003 weren’t wearing one. So, why is wearing a life jacket so important?