17-year-old’s body recovered at Lake Meredith after drowning, National Park Service says


(ANDY:) A 17 YEAR OLD FROM FRITCH IS DEAD AFTER A DROWNING AT LAKE MEREDITH OVER THE WEEKEND. (JACKIE:) THANKS FOR JOINING US. ACCORDING TO ERIC SMITH, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF LAKE MEREDITH NATIONAL PARK, THE DROWNING VICTIM HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ISIAHA PAGE. (JACKIE:) LETS GET RIGHT TO OUR TOP STORY TODAY AT FIVE (JACKIE:) SMITH SAYS PAGE’S BODY WAS FOUND AROUND 11 THIS MORNING IN THE CEDAR CANYON AREA. (JACKIE:) KAMR LOCAL FOUR’S KALEY GREEN IS LIVE OUT AT THE LAKE WITH MORE DETAILS. (JACKIE:) KALEY WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL US? (KALEY:) WELL JACKIE…. (KALEY:) SMITH SAYS THEY RECEIVED A REPORT OF THE DROWNING HERE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AROUND TWO A-M. (KALEY:) SMITH SAYS THEY CALLED IN HUTCHINSON COUNTY, TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE, AND THE AMARILLO POLICE DEPARTMENTS DIVE TEAM TO HELP. THEY WERE UNABLE TO FIND THE BODY YESTERDAY, BUT SECURED THE AREA AND RESUMED THE SEARCH AROUND SEVEN THIS MORNING BEFORE LOCATING THE BODY AROUND 11. SMITH SAYS PAGE HAD BEEN HERE AT CEDAR CANYON WITH FRIENDS. THEY ARE UNSURE OF WHAT CAUSED THE DROWNING. ERIC SMITH/ LAKE MEREDITH SUPERINTENDENT “IT’S ESPECIALLY HARD WHEN IT’S A YOUNG PERSON, LIKE THIS CASE WAS. WE REALLY WANT TO TAKE THIS TRAGEDY AND MAKE IT A MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE TO REALLY BE CAREFUL ON THE WATER.” (KALEY:) SMITH SAYS THEY ARE WAITING ON AUTOPSY RESULTS AND TOXICOLOGY REPORTS TO DETERMINE IF ALCOHOL WAS A FACTOR IN THE DROWNING. (KALEY:) SMITH ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO REMEMBER SAFETY MEASURES OUT AT THE LAKE THIS SUMMER. LIVE FROM LAKE MEREDITH, KALEY GREEN, KAMR LOCAL 4 NEWS. BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO. (KALEY:) BACK TO YOU JACKIE (JACKIE:) KALEY THANK YOU…. (JACKIE:) SMITH SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST DROWNING AT LAKE MEREDITH THIS YEAR (ANDY:) TWO MCLEAN FIRE FIGHTERS ARE INJURED AND A FIRE TRUCK IS DESTROYED…DURING A GRASS FIRE. THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE CITY’S FIRE DEPARTMENT.

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