The medical examiner ruled Monday that a Corinth man died of accidental drowning after falling off a small inflatable boat in Lewisville Lake on Saturday night.
Joseph Gardiner, 43, was riding an 8-foot Zodiac watercraft when high winds suddenly came up, said Troy Taylor, chief Denton County death investigator for the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
Gardiner and his wife, Susan, were both knocked off the watercraft by huge waves that were driven by the wind, Taylor said.
The craft came to shore in the Tower Bay area near the Interstate 35 lake bridge.
“His wife was able to swim back to the boat and hung on until it got back to shore,” he said. “He was not able to get back to the boat. She saw him come up once and then go down.”
Neither of them was wearing a life vest, Taylor said.
Game wardens found Gardiner’s body at about 9 p.m. in about 13 feet of water by using sonar equipment and were able to get the body back to shore.
The drowning marks the seventh in Denton County this year, six of them in Lewisville Lake.
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