Teenager Who Drowned In Lake Waco Identified

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Authorities Wednesday identified a teenage boy who drowned while swimming with other people in Lake Waco.

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WACO (July 23, 2014) A teenager who drowned late Tuesday afternoon in Lake Waco was identified Wednesday as Claude Lamar Mims, Jr., 14, of Marlin.

Mims was pulled from the lake early Tuesday evening, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful Tuesday evening and the teen died at a local hospital.

The possible drowning was reported at around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday at Twin Bridges Park on the west shore of the lake off Highway 6 after the teenager was discovered to be missing.

Some of the first police officers to arrive immediately entered the water to begin the search.

In all, seven officers and two bystanders were involved in the initial search, police Sgt. Steve Mosley said.

An officer found the boy in about five feet of water.

It wasn't clear how long the teenager was underwater, but it may have been for more than 30 minutes.

Paramedics were performing CPR as they took the teen to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

Mims was pronounced dead just after 5:50 p.m.

An autopsy was ordered.

“A special prayer to the Street Crimes Unit officers, who responded and shed all their gear going into the water and recovered the child,” police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

“A tougher job is never done than one like this.”


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