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Family of Drowning Victim Asks for Public’s Help Searching Canyon Lake

Extended family members arrived in Canyon Lake yesterday to help search for Luis Rodriguez (far right), who drowned in Canyon Lake on Sunday. From left: Father Pedro Rodriguez, mother Patricia and brother Pedro Rodriguez Jr.

The family of 25-year-old Luis Alexis Rodriguez, who drowned Saturday in Canyon Lake, is asking for the public’s help in searching for his body.

Cousin Vanessa Vargas, who is in Canyon Lake along with Rodriguez’s parents Pedro and Patricia and seven other family members, said the family feels law enforcement isn’t doing enough to find their loved one’s body.

“We’re all trying to get all the help we can,” she said. “Obviously there are a lot of family members that can’t be here. I came from Tulsa. The ones that are here, we were on the water all day. Luis’ brother was in a kayak searching the edges. (We’re) trying to reach out to the community to try and help us out in the water.”

Comal County Sheriff’s Office said it doesn’t plan to send divers down again to look for his body, she said.

The family is unclear about what happened. Friends told officials that Rodriguez jumped into the water off of a boat in Party Cove, near Boat Ramp #7, to cool off.

Rodriguez is a good swimmer, Vargas said.

“We’re still a little confused about what’s going on or how this might have happened,” she said.

The family has rented a house in Canyon Lake and doesn’t need food or any other kind of help — just volunteers. Half of those who arrived are from Tulsa and the other half from Canyon.

Luis Vargas was born in Mexico but brought to Canyon, Texas as an infant. His family still lives there.

Earlier Tuesday, Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Battalion Chief Justin Lowth said searchers with the fire department, Comal County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) are rotating crews on Canyon Lake.

TPWD spokesperson Kirk McDonnell said his agency will work in conjunction with other first responders until Rodriguez’s body is located or resurfaces.

Vargas can be contacted via Facebook Messenger.

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