Family and friends are mourning the loss of a teenager who drowned in Lake Georgetown. The 16-year old boy's body was found early Sunday morning.
At Overlook Park on Lake Georgetown, the gates were closed Sunday night but a memorial remains.
Prince Ekwuribe is a long-time friend of 16-year-old Matt Hood, a baseball player at Stony Point High School in Round Rock. Prince says Matt is the young man who went missing at the lake Friday afternoon.
“He was swimming okay and then when he tried to come back, they said he just went underwater and didn't come back up,” Prince says.
Georgetown police and fire along with dive teams from Williamson County and Travis County had been looking for Matt all weekend. On Sunday morning, crews found Matt’s body in 50 feet of water.
“Well I've been crying the past two days but now...I mean now they found the body and right now I'm kind of shocked, I don't know what to feel,” Prince says.
Colin's Hope is a local non-profit dedicated to preventing drowning in children. They had been working with the Army Corps of Engineers to raise awareness for lake safety after two young siblings drowned at Lake Georgetown just a couple of weeks ago.
Jess Rains with Colin's Hope says drowning is quick and silent. She says people need to know what to look for to keep their loved ones safe. “A lot of people have been conditioned by movies to think that drowning is people waving their arms above their head and screaming for help. That's not what it looks like," Rains says.
"A person who’s actively drowning cannot physically call out for help. They may look like they're climbing an invisible ladder with this kind of motion. Eyes glassy with that glazed look. The head might be tilted back and the mouth going above and below the surface of the water,” Rains says.
Prince says Matt was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with him. He and his friends have been using #PrayforMatt on Twitter when talking about their friend.
“He put God in almost everything he did, in his grades, in his sports, in his personal life. He put God in everything. And I can truly say that the one thing that really helped him when he was in the down days was his faith,” Prince says.
Friends like Prince say Matt was a funny guy who always found a way to make a bad day a happy one.
“He's one of those people that we all thank God that we had the chance to meet him,” Prince says.
Colin's Hope says it's talking with the Army Corps of Engineers about doing a water safety event at Lake Georgetown and putting up a life jacket loaner board. That way people will have access to floatation devices when they go out on the water.