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Drowning Victim Found At Lake O' The Pines

A desperate search for a missing boater comes to a sad end after divers find the body of a Dallas man in an East Texas lake.  He was going for a boat ride with a friend and three children, but somewhere that outing turned deadly.  

Emergency crews were called out to Lake O the Pines around 4:30 p.m. Saturday after learning a boat had capsized near the Pops Landing Boat Ramp, east of Ore City.  Crews were out early Sunday morning for any signs of a missing boater.

"We were out here until 11:00 p.m. last night," said South Shore Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Simmons.  "Then they started back this morning, and with the water temperature what it is, five minutes after it happened, it's now a recovery operation."  Investigators Dustin Hendrickson, 28 of Dallas was out on a 12 foot boat Saturday evening with another man and three children, when the boat capsized.  None of them were wearing life jackets.

"How can you go through this kind of pain and not know what's going on, I mean there's nothing they can do," said Hendrickson's family friend Judith Jones.  Family members say as the boat turned over, it hit Hendrickson in the head, but he was able to get the children back in the boat.  The boat made it to shore, but Hendrickson disappeared under the water.

"I feel for the family and Dustine's mother, they need to know if he's out here wandering, or is he in the water," said Jones.  Thirty minutes after a sonar equipped boat was brought in, his body was found in nearby shallow water.

"I don't see anything anybody could have done any different that could have changed the outcome," said Simmons.  Game wardens and sheriffs deputies are now trying to find out what happened to cause the boat to flip.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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