The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the name of a teenager who drowned Tuesday afternoon at Sunset Cove on Lake Texoma.
Garlin Ward, 15, of Colbert, and his cousin decided to race to a sand bar about 70 feet from shore while they were swimming Tuesday, authorities said.
They were more than halfway to the sand bar when Ward started yelling for help, troopers said.
His cousin tried to help him, but they both went under the water. Ward’s cousin was able to get back to the surface and found Ward floating face down, troopers said. Ward then sank under water.
Ward’s body was recovered about 6:15 p.m., officials said. He was not wearing a personal floatation device.