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Apparent Lake Travis drowning victim identified

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Authorities have identified the 19-year-old who drowned while swimming with friends on Lake Travis in Lago Vista Monday.

Authorities say preliminary investigation shows Wasay Shoukat of Cedar Park died from accidental drowning.  The medical examiner is waiting for toxicology tests before making a final determination in the cause of death.

Investigators on scene Monday, interviewed the young man's friends who say he wasn't a strong swimmer and had even asked them to keep an eye on him in the water.

A group of guys were jumping off this dock, located in Lago Vista, near the 1300 block of Emerald Road.

Officials say they hadn't been there long when a report of a missing swimmer came in at about 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. The Travis County Sheriff's office is assisting Lago Vista Police with the investigation.

A diver jumped into the murky Lake Travis water and found a young man in water about 19 feet of water at 4:30 p.m.

"He'd been in the water roughly 50 minutes or so, was not able to be revived. What we know is he was swimming with friends and were unable to rescue him when he became distressed in the water," Roger Wade with the Travis County Sheriff's Office said.

"I think lake water is really unpredictable and the rule of our house is, even if you're a really good swimmer, you need to go down with a life jacket or floatation device," said Ginny Carroll, a lake house visitor. "It's very upsetting and upsetting for any family that does lose a child or a young adult."

Regardless of your swimming abilities, you should always wear a life jacket in the water.

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