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Update: Officials identify teen who drowned in Holly Lake

Update: Officials identify teen who drowned in Holly Lake

POSTED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 2:49pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 10:16am

Tuesday Update:

The Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call on Sunday for a possible drowning at Holly Lake on Holly Lake Ranch.

At around 11:45 am, two swimmers tried to swim across the lake-- a distance of about 150 yards. One of them, a 22-year-old woman, made it successfully across. However, her 16-year-old younger brother did not.

He went down about halfway across the lake and did not resurface.

The 16-year-old has been identified as Austin Gaffney, a junior varsity football player at Rowlett High School in Rowlett, TX. He was visiting his grandmother for the weekend at Holly Lake Ranch.

The Heavy Rescue dive team from the Quitman Volunteer Fire Department, the dive team from the Hawkins Volunteer Fire Department and the dive team from the Alert Academy in Big Sandy, assisted with the search, as well as the Wood County Sheriffs Department, the Texas Fish and Wildlife Department, and the Holly Lake Ranch Security Department.

Information from Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Monday Update: Authorities confirm that an East Texas teenager's body was recovered from Holly Lake Ranch Sunday evening about three hours after the teen disappeared into the water.

According to Holly Lake Ranch security, the boy was attempting to race a fellow swimmer a distance of about 200 yards when he went under.

Divers recovered the body about three hours later.

The teen's name has not been released. Wood County DPS, Sheriff's Office, and Holly Lake Ranch VFD were also involved in the search.

Original Report:

Holly Lake Ranch Volunteer Fire Department confirms with KETK that a drowning occurred today in the Holly Lake Ranch subdivision. Very few details are available at this time. KETK will update this story throughout the day as more information becomes available. 

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