LITTLE ELM — The body of an apparent drowning victim was recovered from Lewisville Lake on Monday afternoon.
The 35-year-old man disappeared after telling friends he was going for a swim at Little Elm Park on Sunday evening. At 3:30 p.m. Monday, search teams found the man’s body.
Police received a report that the man was missing late Sunday evening and began the search, said Rodney Harrison, Little Elm’s deputy police chief.
Officers began an immediate ground search and requested the assistance of the Little Elm Fire Department in searching the water around the park beach. The search was suspended shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday.
The search was restarted at about 8 a.m. Monday in the wooded area around the shoreline within the park boundaries. Harrison said a number of agencies were involved in the search, including the Lewisville Fire Department dive team, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens and the Department of Public Safety.
Denton County Emergency Services helped coordinate the search and provided one of its mobile command centers for Little Elm officials to use during the search.
The swim beach was closed for the duration of the search, but reopened when officials concluded their investigation.
The beach was recently expanded to over twice its size and opened for swimmers over the July Fourth holiday weekend. There are no lifeguards at the beach, although the swim area is enclosed by a floating barrier and is relatively shallow.
Rain and wind generated by early-afternoon thunderstorms that lasted for a little over 30 minutes caused some concern during the search.
Harrison said officials were watching the sky, ready to pull boats out of the water if lightning got too close to the search area.
“It’s bad when someone goes missing in the water,” Harrison said. “It’s very seldom that anything good comes from it, unfortunately.”
Authorities have not released the victim’s name.
“The hard part is notifying his family,” Harrison said.
Officials said the drowning is the fifth reported at the lake this year.
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