West Sabine student drowns while swimming at lake

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A West Sabine high school student has died in a drowning incident while he was swimming at Red Hills Lake in Sabine County on Thursday afternoon.

Donovan Grisby, of Milam, was an 18 year old entering his senior year at West Sabine High who was taken too soon from his loved ones.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. first responders from Pendleton Harbor and Shamrock Shores responded to a call of a possible drowning victim.

Sheriff Thomas Maddox said Grisby was swimming with friends at a recreational area at Red Hills Lake outside the designated swimming area after 4 p.m.. His friends said he complained of a leg cramp and went under water.

Maddox said his friends were not able to pull him up and a dive team from San Augustine recovered the body after 6 p.m.

Red River Lake is a summer hot spot for the East Texas community with over a hundred visitors per day and the loss of Grisby who was so close to graduating has hit home for the Sabine community

One Sabine County resident Mark Hohimer said it's a sad day.

"It kind of tarnishes the day , you hate to think about a young person especially coming out on a beautiful day like this just to have a good time with his family just like we're doing." Hohimer said.

Grisby was said to have drowned after he ended up outside of the lake swimming barrier.

Donovan was described by others as a very well mannered and humble young man who was a fast talker and had a passion for singing and dancing.

The Sabine school district published this statement saying "Tiger blood is thick it draws us together into a family. When one hurts we all do! Right now is one of those times. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of one of our most well-known and beloved students."

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