2 boys die after being swept away by rushing waters while fishing near an Oklahoma City dam

The Associated Press - July 15, 2023 8:07 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two boys who had been fishing near a dam in Oklahoma City have died after being swept away by rushing waters, officials said on Tuesday.

A group of four boys had been fishing on Monday afternoon near the backside of Lake Overholser Dam, located in the northwest part of the city, the Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

At the time, the dam’s water gates were open and the currents were “extremely strong,” the fire department said.

“The strong water currents pulled two boys underwater while the other two safely made it to a concrete ledge,” the fire department said.

The two boys who made it to the ledge were rescued by firefighters, who then began looking for the other two boys.

One of the boys was found on Monday evening but he did not survive, officials said.

The body of the other boy was found around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

The names and ages of the two victims were not immediately released by authorities.

The deaths took place as a strong line of thunderstorms swept through Oklahoma City on Monday and early Tuesday morning. The fire department said it had responded to more than 200 calls for service since the storm, including for downed power lines and at least two water rescues.

 

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