13-year-old boy drowns after boat sinks in San Augustine Co. lake

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - A 13-year-old boy drowned after the boat he and three adults were on sank in a San Augustine County lake Monday evening.

According to a press release from the San Augustine County Police Department, the boy was identified as Kendall Singleton. Singleton was a 6th grader with San Augustine ISD. Lisa Dunn, an assistant principal at San Augustine High School said an outside counselor has been brought in to help Singleton's classmates deal with their grief.

"[A] witness stated that the boat appeared to have too many people on board, and none were wearing life jackets," the press release stated.

San Augustine Police officers were dispatched out in reference to a possible drowning near the boat ramp at the City Lake subdivision at approximately 5:35 p.m. Monday. When they arrived on the scene, a San Augustine County Sheriff's deputy told that 13-year-old boy had gone missing in the water.

Another boat was observed to still be in the water near the scene. The officers learned that three of people on the boat were on the boat that sank. A nearby fisherman came to their aid.

The San Augustine Police officers requested help from Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens. They started dragging the lake at 6:10 p.m. A little more than two hours later, the game wardens found Singleton's body and the sunken boat.

Justice of the Peace J.D. Miller pronounced Singleton dead at the scene, and the boy's body was transported to Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Miller ordered an autopsy.

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