Neighbor is with fisherman hours before he goes missing

Neighbor is with fisherman hours before he goes missing

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Authorities are in Lago Vista Sunday wrapping up efforts to recover the body of a fisherman who went missing overnight.
A neighbor tells FOX 7 he was with him just a few hours earlier.
The search for the fisherman began around 11:30 Saturday night.
After several hours, the Travis County Sheriff's Dive Team was called out.
The recovery phase began Sunday morning.

Darin Ginther says he's been neighbors with the fisherman for about four years.
"He's up here almost every weekend working on little things," says Darin Ginther, neighbor.
He was with him right before he was reported missing.
Ginther says fishing at night is what his neighbor often liked to do.
"Whenever he comes in on the weekends, we typically stop by and say hi. We were just sitting out there on the porch and enjoying the evening, it was a really nice evening," says Ginther.
It was just after 8:00 Saturday night when Ginther went back to his house to sleep, he was woken up around 1:00 Sunday morning to the sound of  helicopters.
Austin Travis County EMS responded to the area of the 17000 block of Whippoorwill Trail and DPS assisted the search by helicopter.
Authorities say two men were in a boat when they saw the accident happen.
They say a fisherman was standing on his dock when he accidentally fell over.
"He has an attached floating dock. That dock is really stable, we've been on it a lot. I wouldn't say the dock itself is inherently dangerous. It's a newer dock, it's well maintained," says Ginther.
It was around 8:00 Sunday morning when the search phase turned into a recovery phase, with the Travis County Sheriff's Dive Team at the dock where the man was last seen.
Ginther says the property in Lago Vista has been a vacation home for the fisherman, who is around 60-years-old.
"He has a son and daughter here in the Austin area. The third son is I think in Oklahoma on his way down," says Ginther.
Authorities say the family hasn't heard from their dad since last night, which comes as a shock to them as well as Ginther.
"I certainly hope he turns up but if not, it's absolutely tragic. We really like him and his wife. I said hi to him all the time," says Ginther.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office says the Dive Team has suspended efforts for Sunday and will continue on Monday.
They say it appears to be an accident.

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