HUTCHINSON COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) - Authorities in Hutchinson County say they have recovered the body of a teenager who drowned at Lake Meredith over the weekend.
About 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, the 17-year-old male, identified as Isiaha Page of Fritch, drowned at Cedar Canyon, according to the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities called it an accidental drowning.
National Service Park Rangers were notified of a 911 call about a swimmer that went under water and never came back up. Rangers arrived to the scene around 17 minutes later but were unable to locate Page.
Around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Amarillo Police Department Dive Team arrived at Cedar Canyon and began searching the area where Page was reported to have been swimming.
Divers were unable to locate his body due to aquatic vegetation, poor underwater visibility and brush on the bottom of the lake. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Wardens used boats and sonar to search the area.
The Amarillo Police Department Dive Team, along with officials from Lake Meredith, resumed the search Monday morning. Around 11:20 a.m., Page’s body was discovered by APD Dive Team members.
“I need to stress water safety to people,” said Eric Smith, the superintendent of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. “Because you may feel like you can swim really well, but when you get into trouble in the water a lot of times people panic, and you slip under the water and that’s how these accidents happen.”
Page’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Lubbock for an autopsy and toxicology screening.
A multi-agency investigation into the drowning is ongoing.