Weekend outing ends tragically for local man
By Sherrie Williams
A weekend outing at Lake Iowa Park ended tragically Saturday when a 36-year-old Iowa Park man, his girlfriend and her two children were boating and he jumped in the water to swim and never resurfaced.
The four were reportedly boating on the west side of the lake.
The female called police at 8:31 p.m. for help after Cory Don Blaine jumped off his boat into the lake to swim and did not return to the water’s surface.
There were several people at the lake including other boaters at the time of the incident.
Iowa Park Fire Department and EMTs, and police officers responded as well as the Texas Game Wardens.
When the first officers and firefighters arrived at the lake a boater took them out to the boat where the woman and children were drifting.
The first responders attempted to dive and look for the missing man and anchored the drifting boat.
The female and children were taken to shore.
Game wardens arrived a short time later and started searching the area. At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday morning they suspended the search until 6 a.m.
Sunday at least six game wardens with three boats spent the day searching the lake.
The Wichita Falls Police Department Dive Team also assisted in the search, and members of the Iowa Park Fire Department spent the day searching the banks of the lake.
According to Iowa Park Police Lieutenant Steve Davis there are several contributing factors that play a role in search and/or recovery such as knowing the exact location of the incident and environmental factors such as water clarity, debris, trees, stumps and vegetation.
After searching all day Sunday at 10 p.m. they suspended the search until Monday morning.
Davis said they had officers posted at the lake throughout the weekend and until the body was recovered at 8:30 a.m. Monday and sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Davis said there were no visible injuries to the body recovered.
“We would like to thank Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wichita Falls Police Department, The Iowa Park Fire Department, and Iowa Park City services including administrators who assisted,” said Davis.
Last year two drownings occurred at Lake Iowa Park in July including a 7-year-old child.