Authorities still searching for body of 5-year-old boy
By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
On Tuesday night, a double drowning was reported at Evans Chambers Lake in Beaver County, Okla. The lake is also known locally as Clear Lake.
The victims were a Caucasian woman and a 5-year-old boy, according to law enforcement authorities.
At 6:29 p.m., Lt. Betsy Randolph of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Public Affairs Division received a message that reinforcement for a double drowning was activated at the lake.
The body of the woman was found near the boat ramps, but it soon became too dark for them to continue the search for the child, according to Randolph.
The Highway Patrol’s attempts at recovery of the child continued at sunrise again this morning, she said. He had not been recovered as of press time.
The identities of the two victims have not yet been confirmed.
This has been the second drowning of a child 6 years old and under in a week, Randolph said.
“Anytime children are going to be close to the water, whether they're in the boat or just splashing on the shore, we really encourage people to put those life jackets on those little people,” Randolph said. “And it is so gut-wrenching and heartbreaking for us as law enforcement officials to go out there and see these little people who could have been saved if parents would take the time to put a life jacket on them.”