Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 17, 2014

Possible drowning

One man stranded, another feared dead at Cedar Creek Lake

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were searching for a man on Wednesday afternoon who may have drowned in Cedar Creek Lake. 

Sheriff Ray Nutt said his department responded to a call for assistance from the Seven Points Police Department concerning two men who were boating on the lake, and ran into trouble between Seven Points and Gun Barrel City.

“Water basically swamped the boat,” Nutt said. “One was able to get out and swim to some life jackets, while the other man was clinging to the boat.”

When the man with the life jacket returned, he didn’t see any sign of the boat or the other person.

“He ended up on a little island, and called in,” Nutt said.

Nutt said the individual who called for help was rescued on the small patch of land near the Kaufman County line.

Game Warden Shawn Smith, based in Henderson County, and rescue personnel from the HCSO began looking for the missing man, but had not located him as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ve set up a command center on State Highway 334 while we’re looking for him,” Nutt said.

Cedar Creek Lake was choppy due to fairly strong winds, blowing at about 10 miles-per-hour, with gusts to 16 mph.

Nutt did not release the name of the missing man, or the man who alerted authorities as of Wednesday afternoon.