WYLIE, Texas - Search crews spent a second day at Lavon Lake looking for a teenager who went missing Sunday afternoon.
Texas Game Wardens said the 17-year-old was with a church group on a party boat near the Collin Park Marina around 3 p.m. He jumped into the water and never resurfaced.
Members of the youth group from Fellowship Bible Chuch were reportedly jumping off the top deck of the boat. Family members said the boy was a good swimmer and was not wearing a life jacket.
Game Warden Captain Tony Norton said no one should ever jump from that height, especially without a life jacket.
"If you're going to be on the boat on water in Texas, please wear your life jacket. We just recently had two on a private lake that's not required to have a life jacket, and they perished as well. So it doesn't matter if it's private or public, it will save your life," Norton said.
The Game Warden said his district in North Texas has already had nine drownings this year, and he normally works about eight or nine in a whole summer.
Dive teams with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office and the Wylie Fire Department are helping with the search and are using sonar to try and locate the teen's body. They said debris, murky water and rain is making the search difficult.
The teen is from Shreveport, La. and was spending the summer in Dallas with family.