Palo Pinto County Emergency Management Coordinator Buddy Harwell, right, assists Possum Kingdom East VFD Fire Chief Ronnie Ranft prepare an oxygen bottle
Palo Pinto County Emergency Management Coordinator Buddy Harwell, right, assists Possum Kingdom East VFD Fire Chief Ronnie Ranft prepare an oxygen bottle for a dive at Sandy Beach Sunday to search for Wyatt Terasas.
Three-year-old Wyatt Terasas lost his life Sunday afternoon after he was reported missing at Sandy Beach. Robert Box, Brazos River Authority chief lake ranger, said they received a dispatch to Sandy Beach in response to a 9-1-1 call. "They had been out in the water playing," Box related. Wyatt was at Sandy Beach with his father, Aaron Terasas, and his 2-year-old sister. Box said the father and a friend were at the shoreline watching the boy. "They turned their backs to the water and when they turned back around, he was gone," the chief lake ranger continued. A search was immediately initiated. Personnel from Possum Kingdom East EMS walked the shoreline and camp areas to see if Wyatt had wandered off, while lake rangers and game wardens began diving in the area.
Brazos River Authority Chief Lake Ranger Robert Box, right, stands next to Mike Iltis, PK project manager, as they watch lake rangers and TPWD game wardens
Brazos River Authority Chief Lake Ranger Robert Box, right, stands next to Mike Iltis, PK project manager, as they watch lake rangers and TPWD game wardens search the water at Sandy Beach.
Box said several people besides lake patrol personnel locked arms and began sweeping the area to see if they could locate the boy. He said Wyatt was recovered in 3 to 5 feet of water and immediately rushed to the waiting ambulance. PK East EMS, with an escort from a Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office deputy, transported Wyatt to Palo Pinto General Hospital. Paramedics fought to revive Wyatt while en route. At the hospital, Wyatt was pronounced dead. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Coppy Hodgkins was called and his initial ruling was accidental drowning as the cause of death.

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