Crews recover drowning victim

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The body of a Collin County man was recovered Wednesday morning after three days of searching the waters of Lewisville Lake, officials said.

The body of Michael Quach, 38, was found at 6:20 a.m. west of the marina at Hidden Cove Park, said Capt. Cliff Swofford, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Quach’s body rose overnight and floated to the inner cove, Swofford said. The man from Melissa had been missing since Sunday night after a Father’s Day lake outing with his family.

Officials said Quach jumped out of a boat to help his nephew who was panicking in the water. Quach wasn’t wearing a life jacket and never made it back to the boat.

Crews from The Colony and Lewisville fire departments assisted state personnel in the search.

Quach’s wife, Brianna Mann, and several other members of the family had been at Hidden Cove Park since he went missing.

It is the third drowning-related death at Lewisville Lake this year, officials said.

Blake Taylor Long, a 31-year-old resident of Little Elm, marked the first drowning of the year during Memorial Day weekend after he began having difficulty in a bass boat on the Lake Dallas side of the lake, Game Warden Daron Blackerby said.

By the time Lewisville Fire Department rescue crews arrived, the boat had begun to sink and a woman was found clinging to the top, Blackerby said. Crews were able to get the woman to safety, but Long was already missing.

Using sonar, officials said, they were able to locate Long 200 yards off shore in 20 feet of water May 25, two days after he was reported missing.

On June 1, rescue crews recovered the body of 43-year-old Michael Collins, a resident of The Colony, from Westlake Park — near the same area where Long went missing.

Officials said neither of the men was reportedly wearing a life jacket. Last year, a total of nine drownings were worked in Denton-area lakes, according to Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for Denton County.

During a recent interview, Lewisville Fire Department Division Chief Mark Richards encouraged everyone to wear life jackets if they are going to be near the water this summer.

“Don’t get into a body of water of any kind without a life jacket on,” he said.

Staff writer Bj Lewis contributed to this report.

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


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