Police identify man who died canoeing on Lake Georgetown

Jonathon Joe Mendosa who went missing from a canoe on Lake Georgetown Saturday, June 25, 2016. His body was found that evening. (DPS Photo)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A man who went missing while canoeing in Lake Georgetown Saturday has been identified.

Jonathon Joe Mendosa, 36, was last seen around 5:51 p.m. June 25.  A 911 call alerted police a man went missing after a small boat carrying two people flipped in the water. Mendosa’s body was found by divers at 8:30 p.m.; he was an estimated 25 yards away from the shore.

Police say Mendosa was at Jim Hogg Park with his family. Along with his 9-year-old child, Mendosa went out on the lake in a canoe without wearing a life jacket. It is unknown why the canoe flipped.

Witnesses were able to help the child to safety, but couldn’t get to Mendosa before he drowned.

Rescue crews are searching from someone that went missing from a canoe on Lake Georgetown Saturday, June 25, 2016. (KXAN Viewer Photo/Howard Pool)
Rescue crews searching for Jonathon Joe Mendosa who went missing from a canoe on Lake Georgetown Saturday, June 25, 2016. (KXAN Viewer Photo/Howard Pool)

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