Lake-goers practice extra caution following weekend drowning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/09

Lake-goers practice extra caution following weekend drowning

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SNYDER, TX (KCBD) - Parents practice extra caution after a weekend drowning takes the lives of two young boys. Authorities recovered the twin, seven-year-old boys late Sunday night from Lake J.B. Thomas. That's about 80-miles southeast of Lubbock.  Authorities identified the victims as Justin and Ryan Dillard of Snyder.

The family outing at Lake J.B. Thomas turned tragic Sunday afternoon. Authorities say father Kenneth Dillard briefly lost sight of his two boys, Justin and Ryan, and they never resurfaced from the water. Dillard quickly contacted authorities, but it was too late.  Authorities recovered the boy's bodies after about two-hours after they were reported missing. They found them about 25-feet off shore in six to eight feet of water.

"This is the first time I've even heard of anyone actually having an accident," Royce Barrett said.  He and his family come to Lake J.B. Thomas frequently.  "That's why we always come here, because we never hear of anything going on," Erin Barrett said. 

The Barrett's say news of this tragedy has them practicing extra caution.  "I'm always really careful with my kids. They can't get in the water unless I'm beside them, like I said, with the water being so muddy, you can't see anything," Royce said. 

"Makes me more cautious to where I don't want to let the kids more than an arm's length away from me," Erin said. 

"Anywhere, parents need to practice lake safety, especially a lake like this, because you don't know where the shallow ends drop off," Royce said. 

With safety foremost on their mind, the Barrett's say they'll continue to visit the lake, but they feel for the family who's lost so much.  "I feel bad for the parents, all that they're going through in this hard time," Erin said. 

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8/4/09
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