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Two drown in Waurika Lake in separate incidents

Two men died hours apart Saturday at Waurika Lake in Jefferson County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm •  Published: June 22, 2013
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Two men drowned hours apart Friday in separate incidents at Waurika Lake in Jefferson County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Gary Vance Burkhart II, 41, Waurika

About 3:30 p.m. Friday, Burkhart drowned in Waurika Lake after jumping off a boat and attempting to swim 150 feet to shore in rough waters near the Kiowa 1 Campground, troopers said.

Burkhart's wife heard his calls for help, and she tried to get a life jacket for him, but when she returned, Burkhart was underwater and did not surface.

Maximiliano Garcia, 18, Duncan

About 7:30 p.m., Garcia ran into the water at the Chisolm Campground area to get a soccer ball. He began to struggle before going under the water. Family members tried to rescue him but were unsuccessful, troopers said.

The body was recovered Saturday about 9:15 a.m.

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