CC athlete drowns at Greenbelt Lake
A Clarendon College student became the 24th person to drown at Greenbelt Lake Saturday evening, September 11.
Donley County Sheriff Butch Blackburn said 20-year-old Darlyn Gonzalez was reported as possibly drown at 8:20 p.m., and his body was recovered at 11:02 p.m. by the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department Dive Team assisted by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s side sonar.
Blackburn said Gonzales, a resident of New York, New York and member of the CC baseball team, was found at a depth of 9½ feet about 200 feet from shore north of Sandy Beach near an area known as The Bluffs.
“He was apparently trying to swim to an island when he got out too far for his ability to swim,” the sheriff said.
Blackburn said his department’s investigation thus far showed no unusual circumstances in this case. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Monday morning in Lubbock.
The drowning is similiar to the case of an Amarillo teen who drown in the same area on July 4 of this year.