Fund to help family after son drowns

Posted on: 10:41 pm, July 23, 2012, by , updated on: 10:44pm, July 23, 2012


EDMOND, Okla. — A father is now coping with the loss of his 6-year-old son who drowned in Arcadia Lake Thursday night.

“I get home from work or whatever and he’d be like, ‘daddy, daddy, daddy,’ and I’m never going to hear that,” father Thomas Graves said.

Paramedics did everything they could to save Ryan Graves  after he was pulled from the water.

Ryan’s father said his family was swimming at the lake just before sunset.

He left his kids for a couple of minutes so he could go to the bathroom.

His 14-year-old son was keeping an eye on the younger kids.

When he came back, Graves saw Ryan’s lifejacket near the water.

Ryan went underwater and never came back up.

“I left for five minutes, five minutes to go to the bathroom, that’s all it takes,” Graves said.

Graves is devastated and wishes he did things differently even though it appears this was a tragic accident.

He said Ryan was wearing a lifejacket but at some point took it off.

The family is now struggling to come up with the money to pay for Ryan’s funeral. 

If you would like to help, the family has set up a fund at the Bank of Oklahoma.