KJAS Radio News has learned that man who was fishing in the Major League Fishing Tournament that is underway on nearby Lake Sam Rayburn has drowned. Officers with theTexas Parks & Wildlife, said the incident occurred near San Augustine Park, which is located on the east side of the lake, about 7 miles southwest of Pineland.
Officers said the man was standing in the boat and fell in the water while it was sitting still with the engine off.
Reportedly, game wardens in a boat used side-scan radar to locate the man’s body at the bottom of the lake.
The name of the deceased has not been released and at last word game wardens were attempting to locate the man’s girlfriend.
This is the second drowning in the area in the last few days. On Sunday, 18-year-old Richard Tyler Johnston, of Hemphill, drowned in Dam B.