A recent high school graduate on an outing with friends drowned Wednesday at Lake Brownwood and was recovered from the lake Thursday morning by search and recovery officials.
Colin Robinson, 18, of Kaufman, was pronounced dead at Lake Brownwood after his body was recovered at 10:40 a.m. Thursday.
Robinson and a number of friends traveled about 190 miles from Kaufman, southeast of Dallas, to Lake Brownwood and arrived there Wednesday afternoon, said Capt. Malcolm Wilkes of the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Wilkes said the group of friends swam out into the lake ? before the swimmers decided they were too far from shore and turned around. At some point, Robinson became distressed in the water and went under.
The group of friends told authorities that they were not able to help Robinson and that he never resurfaced.
The possible drowning was reported to authorities at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and searchers looked for the missing swimmer from 7:30 p.m. until dark. The search resumed at 6 a.m. Thursday, and Robinson's body was recovered at 10:40 a.m.
Wilkes said authorities do not believe that alcohol was involved in the incident, but Robinson's body was taken to a hospital where blood samples were drawn for analysis. The body is being returned to Kaufman for funeral arrangements.
The group of friends from Kaufman, all or most of them recent graduates, said they were on a final outing together before they went their separate ways to college at the end of the summer.
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