Tulsa teen who drowned in Keystone Lake identified


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Updated: 7/12/2013 9:28 am Published: 7/11/2013 7:01 pm


The family of a teen who drowned at Keystone Lake watched on as troopers searched for his body.

They brought up what appeared to be the victim just after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Brendan Earl, 18, was one of two teens who went into the lake and found themselves in trouble.

Holly Lewelling told FOX23's Dontaye Carter just after 5 p.m. she heard the screams from people pulling up an 18-year-old girl. Lewelling says she was face-down. She helped when they realized the boy with victim never came back up.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said four people were swimming when two of them, a boy and a girl, went underwater.

"They were fine. They were swimming in the water," she said.

The mother of three says she watched the teens swimming in the lake. Moments later she left to head back to camp.

"They got out too far and there's a drop off," said Lewelling. "It goes out and after the rocks out there where they're at it drops off."

Minutes later, she saw people fighting to bring the girl out to shore.

"I put my hand on her chest and i checked her pulse," she said.

Lewelling said she used what she learned in a first responder's class to help save the teen when she found out a boy was still underwater.

"She started gurgling up water and then she started talking and coming more to and then she started telling me there was another one that drowned out there with her and he still hadn't come up yet," said

She says the teen told her they went out too deep.

"She was fighting to keep herself up and him and I guess that's when she had the seizure," said Lewelling. "I cried because I'm a mother of three. I have a 13-year-old daughter. I have an 11 -year-old son and an 8 year-old daughter. My heart goes out to his parents."

OHP closed the beach down. They were out for at least three hours searching for Earl.

The other swimmer, 17-year old Kayla Barnett is being treated in a Tulsa hospital. Another swimmer was treated and released.



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