Port Arthur man drowns while swimming; authorities say he struggled beyond the buoys
Published 12:28 am Friday, July 28, 2023
A 22-year-old Port Arthur man has drowned while swimming in an Oklahoma lake, authorities said.
Giovanni Vargas was reportedly swimming at the beach area at Fort Lake Gibson at approximately 5:41 p.m. Tuesday.
Authorities believe he went beyond the buoys, where he started struggling.
Vargas went under and did not resurface, according to information from a spokesperson with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
Troopers located the body using side scan sonar.
Cherokee Nation Marshal Dive Team personnel recovered the body at 7:55 p.m. in 5-and-a-half feet of water.
The drowning occurred at Taylors Ferry on Lake Fort Gibson in Wagoner County.
Wagoner County is located just southeast of Tulsa.