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East Texas high school student died trying to save person in distress at area lake

HENDERSON, Texas (KETK) - The body of an East Texas teenager has been pulled from an area lake.

According to the Henderson Police Department, officials were called to the gazebo at Lake Forest Park, located at 1005 Highway 64, around 7:10 p.m., Thursday night, after reports of a possible drowning.

Additional agencies also responded including the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, Henderson Fire Department, Henderson Rescue and the Texas Game Warden's Office.

The HPD tells KETK, Jonathan Cano, 17, had jumped in the lake to assist another person who was in distress. When he did, two fishermen in the area also went in to help and were able to save the person Cano had originally tried to help. That is when they lost sight of Cano's body.

At around 8:20 p.m.,  Henderson Rescue recovered Cano's body from the 15-acre lake.

CISD released the following statement on Cano's death:

"It is at a time like this that reminds us all how precious life is. Today and in the days to come, as our Carlisle students and faculty grieve the loss of our friend and student, there will be counselors available to help anyone who needs assistance in dealing with this loss. They will be available all day in the high school, junior high and elementary buildings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cano family. Jonathan was always smiling, respectful, a great athletic team member and an unforgettable young man! Our hearts ache with theirs. Please join us in lifting this family up in prayers now and during the difficult days ahead."

CISD Superintendent Michael Payne tells KETK, Cano was a sophomore who played football and soccer for the Indians.

Next of kin has been notified.

KETK has a crew on scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.


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