Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Man Drowns in Lake

Jul 22, 2012

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned in Okemah Lake in eastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Okemah resident Paul Lombard was swimming in a designated area near the west shore when he attempted to swim across the cove around 6:30 p.m. Friday. About halfway there, he turned back but wasn't able to make it shore.

Troopers say Lombard called out for help but couldn't stay afloat.

A dive team using side scan radar recovered his body about 25 yards from the south shore in 18 feet of water.

The patrol says he wasn't wearing a personal flotation device.