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Teen submerged for 26 minutes in Lake Sam Rayburn dies

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JASPER, TX (KTRE) -

A teenage boy had died following a drowning accident on Lake Sam Rayburn.  

Zorian Esquel, 13, of Katy was pronounced dead earlier tonight at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. 

According to Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden, Morgan Inman it all started around 12:00 p.m. on Saturday when he along with two other Game Wardens, Roy Eddins and Justin Eddins and the Jasper County Sheriff's Office responded to a drowning at Ebenezer Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. 

When they arrived on scene they saw Esquel's father, who was clearly in distress, clinging to a buoy. 

After getting him to safety, Inman along with the two other Game Wardens began diving the nearby area for Esquel. 

Without any diving equipment the three Game Wardens began searching the bottom of the lake by hand. 

Inman said after 5 or 6 minutes of feeling the bottom of the lake for Esquel's body, they called in a nearby fishermen for help. 

The fishermen, who's boat was equipped with a sonar, began searching the water with the sonar detector. 

After the fishermen located Esquel, the Game Wardens pulled the body out of the water and into an ambulance.   

Inman said the boy was under water for about a total 26 minutes. 

EMS began performing CPR, while in route to Jasper Memorial Hospital. After only a few minutes paramedics began detecting Esquel's heartbeat and pulse. 

Esquel was then flown to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston where he later died. 

Inman said the water where the accident occurred is about 10 feet deep and very murky, so it's hard to tell what caused the boy to go under. 

Esquel was visiting the lake with his family when the incident occurred. 

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