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Tulsa man drowns trying to save others at Keystone Lake Thursday

A Tulsa man drowned while trying to save two others at Keystone Lake. The drowning happened Thursday afternoon, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 12, 2013 at 4:51 am •  Published: July 12, 2013

An 18-year-old man trying to save two other people drowned Thursday at Keystone Lake, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

Brendan L. Earl, of Tulsa was pronounced dead at Lake Country Swim Beach about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, the patrol reports

Earl jumped into the water to help Makia Graves, 17, of Tulsa, and Kayla Barnett, 18, also of Tulsa, who were both struggling to swim in the water.

Makia Graves said she did not know how to swim and was sitting on Barnett's shoulders as Barnett waded into the water. Barnett stepped into deep water and went under. Earl jumped in to help them both, but he drowned.

Barnett and Graves were saved by a bystander and revived at the scene. Barnett and Graves were both taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where Barnett was admitted in stable condition and Graves was treated and released, the patrol reports.

Earl's body was recovered about 8 p.m. in 8 feet of water 30 feet west of the shoreline. has disabled the comments for this article.