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Arcadia Lake drowning first of summer season

Ryan Graves, 6, drowned Thursday night at Edmond Park at Arcadia Lake. The boy's lifejacket was found on the bank, Edmond police said.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm •  Published: July 20, 2012

A 6-year-old boy who drowned at Arcadia Lake on Thursday night was the first drowning victim of the season at the lake, police said.

The boy's name was Ryan Graves, according to boy's father on the 14-minute 911 tape.

The victim's father, Tom Graves, was near the beach at Edmond Park with six children ranging in ages of 5 to 14 about 9 p.m. Thursday, said Jennifer Monroe, Edmond police spokeswoman.

The father called 911 after he could not find his son when he returned from the restroom. Graves and his party found the boy unconscious and submerged in the lake and tried to perform CPR on Ryan, according to the 911 tape.

First responders performed CPR, but the child was pronounced dead at The Children's Hospital at the OU Medical Center, Monroe said.

A witness told police the children were all wearing life jackets. The victim was not wearing a life jacket when he was pulled from the water, Monroe said.

Detectives were continuing to interview witnesses Friday.

“This appears to be a tragic accident at this time,” Monroe said.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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