NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials recovered the body of a man, a drowning victim, from Lake Thunderbird around 5:30 Sunday evening.
Witnesses say a group of young men were trying to swim from one shore to the other.
“The one brother got out on his own on the other side, but anyway, he was having trouble. So the other brother went in to basically rescue him and then he had trouble and went under and never came up,” said Teresa Isaacs.
Isaacs says some officials got on her boat to search the water before the Marine Enforcement Division troopers made it out there.
Another witness, Tiffany Adair, said she was able to pull one of the men out of the water onto the shore.
“This group of people went across, they decided they wanted to swim across and they started yelling somebody was going under,” said Adair. “He was asthmatic so he was having difficulty breathing and he had swallowed a lot of water. And then they were telling me there was another, his brother.”
Adair was not able to find that other man but was there when officials pulled his body from the lake.
“Shoulda got them both … wasn’t fast enough,” said Adair.
Isaacs and her husband, Charles, said it was a tragic end to the holiday weekend.
“We sure hate what happened today and we just have to say prayers for that family,” said Charles Isaacs.