Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 4, 2013

Man drowns near Chandler

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A 30-year-old man drowned Tuesday night while swimming in Lake Palestine at Sunrise Shores south of Chandler, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department reports.

The deceased is identified as Kayvan Moayadi, who had lived in California but was staying in the Lake Palestine area at the time of the drowning.

Captain Mike Hanson of the game warden’s office in Rusk said witnesses saw Moayadi having difficulties staying afloat about 150 feet from shore. The witnesses jumped in to try to save him, but before they reached the spot where he was swimming, Moayadi had disappeared beneath the surface.

According to Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports, dispatch received a 9-1-1 call at 6:30 p.m. reporting the possible drowning. Game Wardens, HCSO personnel and volunteer fire departments from Westside and Coffee City were paged to the location. The responders searched for the body aided by a sheriff’s office boat equipped with sonar. The search ended with the recovery of the body around 11:30 p.m.

The HCSO first obtained the sonar in 2006 and has since used it successfully to find drowning victims on several occasions. The device can scan down about 100 feet, which is more than enough for most lakes in the region, which are in the 50-60-foot range. Clarity of the water isn’t an issue, as it identifies objects even in muddy water.