Tragedy on an East Texas lake tonight as man swims out to retrieve his drifting boat and disappears in the water. The 23-year old man was on a family picnic this afternoon on Lake Cherokee in Rusk County, near FM 1716. Tonight, divers from Longview and around Gregg County were brought in to look for the man. Officials say the section of Lake Cherokee, known as "Firecracker Island" is very popular with boaters.
Witnesses say the man began to have trouble shortly after he swam out after the boat that was drifting away, and disappeared about 75 yards out.
Divers have called off their search for tonight, but say they will be back out tomorrow. At this hour, the man's name has not been released.