Park rangers encourage people on the water to get life vests

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Updated: 7/15/2013 9:54 am Published: 7/12/2013 9:47 pm

FOX23 has learned more about the drowning of an 18-year-old Thursday at Keystone Lake.

He had tried to save two girls he saw struggling in the water. One of them couldn't swim and neither had a life jacket.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has a loaner life jacket station set up at their designated swim areas hoping to prevent a drowning.

"That water is so unforgiving," said Park Ranger Roger Moore.

He was one of the men who found 18-year-old Brendan Earl Thursday night. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers told FOX23 he was trying to save two friends when he went under.

"This is a situation where we could've almost had another one with the ones trying to help him," he said.

He went out Friday double-checking if people had life jackets.

"Even if you think you're a good swimmer, I think it's extremely important that you always play it safe. Have that life jacket on," Moore said.

"Safety first, you can't play with your life," said Noah Pepera.

The father made sure all his kids were wearing their life vests.

"You can't take them back. This is your blood. This is your family," said Pepera.

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