Update: Waurika Drowning Victims Identified

Update: Waurika Drowning Victims Identified

Investigators have identified the victims of two overnight drownings at Waurika Lake.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigators said Gary Burkhart II, 41, drowned at Waurika Lake Friday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m. Shortly after he and his wife jumped from a boat and started to swim towards the shoreline, the water was rough and Burkhart started to yell for help. Investigators said that's when his wife went to retrieve a life jacket, but when she returned he was nowhere to be found. His body was recovered a few hours later.

Saturday, investigators also recovered the body of 18 year-old Maximiliano Garcia. Witnesses told investigators Garcia swam out to retrieve a soccer ball Friday night around 7:30 p.m. when he swam too far and started to struggle. Shortly after, he went under and didn't resurface.

Garcia's body was discovered just after nine Saturday morning.


Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said two people drowned Friday night in separate incidents at Waurika Lake.

The first body was recovered Friday night after a dive team had been searching the lake since 3 p.m.

They confirmed the victim was a male, but could not provide his age or name.

Crews returned to the lake later in the night, and recovered another body. The gender, age and name of this victim are unknown at this time.

This is the third drowning in two weeks at Waurika Lake, after a 12-year-old boy drowned on June 8th.

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