COMAL COUNTY (KXAN) - Divers with the San Marcos Area Recovery Team (S.M.A.R.T.)located and recovered the body of a missing swimmer just beforenoon on Sunday from Canyon Lake at Canyon Park.
Authorities say that Frank Delano Harrison Jr., 55, a native ofNorth Carolina, had been residing at Canyon Park for several weekswith a female companion.
Three witnesses reported to officials around 8:30 p.m. onSaturday that Harrison went missing while swimming after a tube inarea 3 of the park. They said that they heard him in distress.
The Canyon Lake Fire Department conducted a shoreline search forthe missing man on Friday, but they were unable to locate him. Thefire department does not have divers so they were unable to searchthe water.
The Canyon Lake Fire Department reached out to S.M.A.R.T., whocontinued the search Sunday morning.
Officials had the witnesses return on Sunday morning to helplead the divers to the location where Harrison was last seen.
“After we brought the witnesses back to the scene onSunday morning, they were able to greatly narrow down the searcharea.
Using a rope and arc search pattern from shore, divers were ableto find the body in three minutes.”
Harrison’s body was found in 8 feet of water, 25 feet fromthe shoreline.
The death has been ruled an accidental drowning by Justice ofthe Peace Guerrerro.
The Comal County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Game Wardensand the Army Corp of Engineers had boats and jet skis in the waterto control recreational boating traffic while S.M.A.R.T. preparedand conducted the underwater search.
S.M.A.R.T. is a non-profit volunteer dive recovery teamconsisting of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics and asubdivision of the South Hays Fire Department.
This is the third drowning victim S.M.A.R.T. has recovered inthe past two months.
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