Capsized boat recovered by authorities

Capsized boat recovered by authorities

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A boat that capsized over the weekend was finally recovered by the Wichita County Dive Team and Game Wardens on Tuesday.

The vessel was found nearly 33 feet under the water, and took three hours to pull to shore.
Game warden Tyler Reed said the county had to use air bags to help float the upside-down capsule to the surface.

Officials said they needed to get the boat out of the water to continue the investigation, and because there was both oil and gas still inside.

"Just In case we needed it for any further investigations. One of the things we are worried about as if there were life jackets on board and it appears that there were but they were unable to get to them before the boat capsized," said Reed.

Just after 9 a.m. on Saturday officials responded to a call about a capsized vessel at Lake Arrowhead with two men on board.

Officials said one man was tossed into the lake while the boat sank, and that a passerby heading across the dam saw both men in the water and swam out to them with life jackets attempting to assist them.

The passerby was able to bring one of the men to shore. However, he was unable to get to the second man.

The body of 38-year old Van Dardis II, was later brought to shore.

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