Grapevine, Texas (May 26, 2019) – The Grapevine Fire Department responded to a reported drowning on Grapevine Lake in Rockledge Park.
On May 26, 2019 at approximately 5:22 pm, the Grapevine Fire Department responded to a reported drowning on Grapevine Lake in Rockledge Park. Upon arrival of GFD members worked with by-standers to learn the last seen point of a Hispanic male who was reported missing. Marine 1 also responded and began running sonar in the area. As soon as possible, members of the Grapevine Fire Department Dive Team began searching the area. Unfortunately, the patient was not located within the first hour and the dive operation became a recovery situation.
The Flower Mound Fire Department (FMFD) along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens (TPWD) arrived to assist with the search in any way they could. GFD and TPWD continued running their sonars over the area while FMFD patrolled the area to keep other boaters clear of the area. GFD Divers continued to check areas and were successful locating the victim. TPWD along with the Grapevine Police Department worked with by-standers and family that were on scene.
It only takes seconds for someone to disappear below the water, please wear a life jacket, learn to swim, have a swim buddy, and learn CPR, this will help you enjoy our local reservoirs, specifically Grapevine Lake.
With the amount of rainfall the area has received in recent months, Grapevine Lake levels currently sit over 16 feet above normal pool and are projected to rise, depending on weather.
As of today, Wednesday, May 22, all Grapevine Lake Parks and boat ramps are officially closed until further notice. There is no boat launch or pedestrian access to Grapevine Lake from the Grapevine side; patrons found inside the parks will be considered trespassing.
Due to the elevated lake levels, flooded areas and danger of submerged structures and debris, we urge all patrons to not access or attempt entry to Grapevine Lake parks. Boaters should stay near the center of the lake, at least a 0.25 mile from the shoreline.
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Investigators have located the SUV belonging to a woman reported missing in Grapevine two weeks ago. After multiple searches throughout the city and lake area, a team using sonar equipment at Grapevine Lake identified a vehicle submerged nearly 400 feet from the shoreline.
Dive teams confirmed that the make, model, and license plate number match the vehicle owned by 66-year-old Joyce Payne. Due to the depth of the SUV and murkiness of the water, police have not yet been able to confirm if Payne is inside the vehicle.
Police and fire personnel will remain on scene until the SUV can be removed from the water. Grapevine detectives are in contact with Payne’s family, and have made them aware of the vehicle’s discovery. The Payne family is asking for privacy at this time as they await more information.
Grapevine Police thank the public for helping search for Mrs. Payne. Any updates on the case will be made after the vehicle is recovered.
Meadowmere: Meadowmere Lane, Meadowmere Park, and Meadowmere boat ramp(s) are closed.
Lake Parks: Lakeview and Katie’s Woods Park are closed.
Boat Ramps: Katie’s Woods (high water) and Farris Branch boat ramps are open. All other boat ramps are closed.
Use extreme caution around the lake. Unseen debris and snakes may pose a threat to your safety.
By Sherelle Black
These Zebra mussels are hanging on a simple rope, with their depth attributable to their ability to attach to each other as well as other native mussels. (Leslee Bassman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local entities are encouraging boaters to take steps to ensure that an expected infestation of zebra mussels at Grapevine Lake does not interfere with water intake or cause environmental damage.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in June announced a juvenile zebra mussel and microscopic larvae were found at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated lake. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that pose an ecological and economic threat, damage boats and threaten a city’s water supply by clogging pipes.
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By Sherelle Black
The Corps is in the initial process of repairing a shallow slide at Grapevine Lake Dam. As a part of this forthcoming repair, the Corps had intended to close the road during the construction phase only.
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Grapevine, Texas (July 5, 2018) – Grapevine Marine units, along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, the Flower Mound Fire Department , and a Grand Prairie Fire Department Marine unit continued to search Grapevine Lake for a missing sail boater. Around 1:00 pm this afternoon, Game Wardens identified on sonar what they believed to be an image of the missing boater in the area where we believe the incident occurred. The Grand Prairie Fire Department Marine unit confirmed the image with their sonar and the Grapevine Fire Department Dive team was called in to make the recovery.
Shortly after 3:00 pm, the victim was recovered. This is believed to be the victim that went missing at 9:30pm on Tuesday, July 3 on Grapevine Lake when he fell overboard without a life jacket. The victim was turned over to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner for positive identification. Texas Game Wardens will handle the notification of family.
We cannot stress the importance of wearing a lifejacket anytime you are enjoying Lake Grapevine.
Grapevine, Texas (July 4, 2018) – The Grapevine Fire Department along with our partners from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens responded to a lake rescue last night on Grapevine Lake. At 9:30 pm last night, the Grapevine Dive Unit, Battalion 1, Chief 1, Chief 2, Chief 3, Marine 1, Marine 2, and two MICU’s responded to the report of a male missing who had fallen overboard from a sailboat. The missing boater is a 19-year-old male from Flower Mound who was not wearing a lifejacket. At the time of the incident, high winds were sweeping through the metro area as the result of an outflow boundary from collapsing thunder storms in East Texas. At this time, it is unclear as to what caused the male to fall overboard.
High winds, darkness, and the fact that the sailboat had drifted a significant way from where the parties believed the incident occurred, left rescuers with a poor last seen point to begin their search. Marine crews were on the lake searching until after midnight this morning before the search was called off for the night.
Grapevine Marine units are back on the lake this morning conducting shoreline searches. This is the fourth drowning on Lake Grapevine since Mother’s Day weekend. Please remember to always wear a lifejacket when boating or swimming in open waters. We cannot stress the importance enough of wearing a lifejacket anytime you are around our lakes, streams, rivers, and tributaries.