Rescuers on Tuesday recovered the body of 24-year-old Derrick Applon, who went missing in Lewisville Lake on Sunday afternoon when the personal watercraft he was riding flipped over near the Hidden Cove Park area near Little Elm.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Capt. Cliff Swofford said Applon, who is from Fort Worth, was found at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in a part of the lake that is deeper than 30 feet, about 100 yards from the shore of Hidden Cove Park.
His body surfaced, and friends of the man’s family spotted him from the shore. They called rescue workers, who happened to be taking a break at the time.
“We had just come off the water to get a bite to eat and get some rest, and that’s when we got the call,” Swofford said.
He said Applon was riding the watercraft without a life jacket and without the “kill switch,” which shuts off the craft if the rider falls off.
Rescuers with the Lewisville Fire Department and state game wardens had been searching for the man since Sunday afternoon. Swofford said the man’s body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. An official there said Applon's body is scheduled for an examination Wednesday.