Man Drowns In Smith County Lake

Van Lake, along the Van Zandt and Smith County borders, was the scene of a drowning late Thursday morning. That's where 68 year old Leslie Spradlin of Tyler and his wife were fishing when their rod and reel fell into the water. Spradlin jumped into the water to retrieve it but unfortunately he drowned. His body was soon recovered after several agencies, Van City Fire and Police Departments, Smith County Sheriffs Deputies and Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens, responded to the scene.

Christine Nelson, reporting.