The Woodward News

June 11, 2013

Drowning victim identified

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — FORT SUPPLY – Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials have identified the victim of a drowning at Fort Supply Lake Tuesday evening.

Johnathan T. Loftis, 18, of Woodward, drowned in an area 150 yards north of Coors Island, said the OHP in its report on Wednesday morning.

According to the patrol report, Loftis and 4 other people were swimming from a boat ramp (on the east side of the lake) to Coors Island in windy and choppy water conditions.

The report said Loftis began to struggle and 2 of the other swimmers tried to hold him up but were unable to keep him afloat. He went under and did not resurface, the OHP said.

Officers from the OHP's Marine Enforcement Division were called in Tuesday night to search for the body.

The OHP report said the body was recovered in 5-feet of water.

Trooper Woody Perry led the investigation with assistance from other troopers. On Tuesday, Woodward EMS and Fire and the Woodward County Sheriff's Department all responded to the scene as well.