Youth group teen presumed drowned after jumping off party barge at Lake Lavon

Search for missing teen at Lake Lavon continues

Severe weather late Sunday halted the search for a missing 17-year old on Lake Lavon that officials presumed drowned after jumping off the roof of a party barge.

Captain Tony Norton, a Texas Game Warden, says the recovery mission will resume at daylight on Monday.

Norton confirmed to WFAA that emergency dispatchers in Collin County received a call shortly after 3 p.m., stating a member of a church youth group did not resurface after jumping into the water.

"He was not wearing a life jacket," Norton said.

Norton said the dive team from the Wylie Fire Department led the search on the north end of the lake near Clear Lake Park.

The 21-year game warden says he has already worked 9 water related deaths in his area of North Texas this year which encompasses water ways in Dallas, Collin, Kaufman, Ellis and Rockwall counties.

He says most years he may see that many in an entire year, not after the first weekend in June.

"People feel like it can't happen to me and overconfident - and they get themselves into something that they can't get out of," Norton said.

He added, investigators will also examine whether the captain of the rented party barge was properly licensed.

 

Stay with WFAA for details on this developing story.

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