LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A weekend on the lake turns tragic after an Arizona man drowns in Lake Alan Henry. The body of 35-year-old Daniel Parker was found early Monday morning after authorities say he fell overboard while boating with a group of friends Sunday. Parker is from Payson, Arizona a town two hours northeast of Phoenix, but was working in Levelland.
It was the first time for Parker to visit the lake and officials pulled his body from the water shortly before 10 a.m. The Garza County Constables Office is investigating what they are calling a tragic boating accident. "We know he went over board from the vessel while it was underway. The other seven on the boat noticed immediately he was gone and began to try to rescue him along with other boaters but were unsuccessful," says Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.
After two unsuccessful dives to find Parker multiple agencies called off the search Sunday around midnight and started again Monday morning. Once in the water, divers found Parker's body two miles southwest of the public boat ramp at Lake Alan Henry in an area called ‘party cove.' "They did pick up an image believed to be the victim and the Lubbock Fire Department put divers into the water did have hands on the victim in twelve minutes," says Captain Stevens.
Officials say the Four Winns Cuddy Cabin Parker and his friends were on was registered to Parker out of Arizona. Authorities are still investigating whether or not alcohol played a role in the accident and say given the conditions on the bottom of the lake they are thankful they were able to recover Parker's body so quickly. "Out of a tragic situation as far as the recovery efforts they're fortunate to have picked him up quickly on sonar and fortunate enough to have gone down and quickly put hands on the victim and free him from anything might have held him down," says Stevens.
Parker's body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Lubbock. Officials say he may have hit his head, and won't know the official cause of death until autopsy report is complete. Lubbock agencies responded to the drowning, because the City of Lubbock owns Lake Alan Henry.
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