Authorities: Body of Missing Child Recovered at Buffalo Springs Lake

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX - The body of a missing child following a boating accident Sunday evening at Buffalo Springs Lake was recovered Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

Captain Aryn Corley, a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, said the 1-year-old's body was discovered around 9:00 a.m. by a helicopter being piloted by a retired law enforcement officer.

Corley said the body was located in an area of the lake close to where authorities were searching on Monday.

He said the use of sonar in that part of the lake is very difficult.

"We were committed to working all day to find our victim and to bringing him home," Captain Corley said. "Then there was a huge relief for all of us because now we get to move forward for the sake of the family. We have been doing all this for them."

Stewart Naron, Chief of Police for Buffalo Springs Lake, said the accident occurred around 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

Naron said two boats collided north of the public swimming area in what he described as the "fast area" of the lake.

"Upon arrival we did find multiple subjects in the water two boats that had collided with victims on board," Naron said. "We immediately started pulling subjects from the water as well as those on board the vessels to get them to shore."

Authorities said at the time nine people were transported from the accident to the hospital in Lubbock.

University Medical Center confirmed that four of the six passengers they were treating for injuries had been discharged. 

Buffalo Springs Lake and Ransom Canyon first responders, as well as the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, Lubbock Fire Rescue, UMC EMS, AeroCare and Texas Parks and Wildlife all responded to the accident.

"Working together towards a common goal of bringing this young man home to his family," Corley said. 

Corley said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the accident, but the investigation is ongoing. Corley added that speed and the use of a life jacket were factors being considered. 

Authorities have not released the name of the child or the other accident victims.

The body of the child has been taken to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office.



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