Coalgate man tries to save Atoka teen who drowned at Coalgate Lake

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COALGATE, OK What started out as fun day on the lake for a group of teens ended in tragedy, when a 17 year old lost his life trying to swim back from a tower in at the Coalgate lake.

"The young man was somebody's son, somebody's grandson, somebody's best friend," Coalgate Mayor Tammie Middleton said.

"I started yelling call 911 I can't reach him," Miguel Cole said.

Miguel Cole says he tried to save 17 year old DeMarcus Colbert's life.

Colbert drowned Thursday night at the Coalgate Lake.

"I didn't know who he was, I just knew when I see somebody in stress or anything I have to save him or something," Cole said.

But it was too late.

Trooper Mark Benedict says kids often swim to the cement tower in the lake to jump off of it.

Benedict says, Colbert was trying to swim back but couldn't make it.

"Water is what it is, it's relentless, it don't give up where you do," He said.

"When I got to him he was already under water so I dove under, swam about 15 feet under water and didn't feel nothing," Cole said.

Cole says he had only been at the lake for about 10 minutes when he and his friends realized Colbert needed help.

Cole later found out, Colbert, was his younger sister's classmate.

"Felt bad, felt bad for him ... felt bad for my friend," He said.

City ordinance allows swimming in roped off areas but Colbert was well outside the ropes.

"It's very very sad, it's a tragic event and I know I can speak for the rest of the council and the city manager, that they are in our prayers they're in our hearts," Middleton said.

Emergency Management will be monitoring the lake as the holiday weekend approaches.