2 Drown In Separate Incidents On Waurika Lake - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

2 Drown In Separate Incidents On Waurika Lake

Posted: Updated:
File photo. File photo.

Crews recovered a drowning victim from Waurika Lake in Jefferson County. Gary Vance Burkhart II and his wife jumped from a boat Friday afternoon to swim about 150 feet to the shoreline, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The water was extremely rough, and the 41-year-old Waurika man yelled for help, authorities say. His wife swam to get a life jacket, but when she got back her husband had gone under.

In a separate incident, troopers recovered 18-year-old Maximiliano Garcia, of Duncan.

In an OHP report, it says Garcia ran into the water to retrieve a soccer ball at 7:30 p.m. Friday. His body was located by SONAR and recovered the next morning about 9 a.m.

Garcia went too far into the water and began to struggle, but family members were unable to reach him in rescue attempts, OHP said.


Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.


Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.


See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.


Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.