Teenager drowns in lake

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Carrollton athlete is first victim this year at Lewisville Lake

A 17-year-old Carrollton high school student drowned near a boat slip at the Pier 121 Marina in Lewisville early Saturday morning.

Jaquis Jones, a junior at Newman Smith High School, was partying with about 15 to 20 other students at Lewisville Lake celebrating the end of school, officials said.

Game Warden Daron Blackerby said friends were swimming back to the dock when they looked around and noticed Jones wasn’t behind them.

“Some of his teenage friends then started searching for him,” he said.

The first 911 call came in at 12:38 a.m.

“We are not sure exactly when he was first noticed drowning, but know friends did search for a little while,” Blackerby said.

The Lewisville Fire Department dive team pulled Jones out of the water at 1:10 a.m. and immediately started performing CPR.

“He was given CPR all the way from when he was pulled out of the water to ground transport and once he reached the hospital,” Blackerby said.

Jones was pronounced dead at Medical Center of Lewisville at 2:21 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website.

The medical examiner ruled Jones’ death an accidental drowning.

Officials working the scene said he was not wearing a life jacket.

“Life jackets are valuable,” Blackerby said. “Even if you are just hanging around the dock, or going for a quick swim, they save lives.”

This was the first drowning death for Lewisville Lake this year.

Last year there were eight confirmed drowning-related deaths at Lewisville Lake, Blackerby said.

Jones, a defensive lineman for the Trojans football team, had received a scholarship offer from New Mexico State University, a Division I school, according to recruiting websites.

Investigators don’t suspect any foul play or drinking involved in Jones’ drowning.

Blackerby said the students were just out to have fun.

“This is just a tragic accident, and I’m hoping we will not have any more for the rest of this year,” he said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.

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