Man found dead after canoe capsized on area lake didn’t have life jacket

Lake Whitney Dam (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo/file)
Lake Whitney Dam (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo/file)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 8:59 AM CDT
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Searchers Tuesday found the body of a man who disappeared after his canoe capsized Monday afternoon on Lake Whitney while he and a friend were fishing near Uncle Gus Marina north of State Highway 22 on the southwestern end of the lake.

“Both subjects struggled in the water and only one of them was able to make it back to shore,” the Bosque County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office received a call about the possible drowning at around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

“The surviving male…reported that his friend went into the water and never came back up.”

A search was launched Monday afternoon and authorities found the capsized canoe on the shoreline, but not the missing man.

The search was called off just before dark, but resumed at around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Texas game wardens found a body just before 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the area where the missing man was last seen.

The body hasn’t been positively identified and an autopsy was ordered, the sheriff’s office said.

No names have been released, but authorities said the two men were in their late 50s and were from the Fort Worth area.