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Body of 21-year-old drowning victim found in Lake Belton

Crews responded to a call around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening after a report that a man has been underwater for about an hour.

TEMPLE, Texas — Update: The body of 21-year-old Theodore Key was recovered from Lake Belton at 8:04 p.m. Thursday.

Crews were searching for a 21-year-old man who is a possible drowning victim at Temple Lake Park in Lake Belton, according to Temple PIO Santos Soto.

Crews responded to a call around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening after a report that a man had gone underwater and never came back up, Soto said. Witness reported that the man was swimming and never resurfaced after going underwater, according to the Temple Police Department.

Jordan Anderson, a friend of Key's, said they were celebrating a friend's birthday at the lake when the incident happened. A pair from the group had gone to swim and when winds picked up speed, one of the women who was swimming asked if Key could help the other woman - who was pregnant - out of the water.  

Anderson said he didn't notice Key didn't resurface until people started heading in the direction where the pair had been swimming. 

"We called 911 immediately after we found out that Theo went under water and we didn't see him anymore," Anderson said.

Anderson did note that the wind was strong because it knocked everything off a table they were using. 

The Texas Park and Wildlife, Morgan’s Point Dive Team, Morgan’s Point PD, Belton PD, Temple PD, Bell County Sherriff's Department and Temple Fire are all helping with the search, according to the Temple PD.

Update as of 10 p.m. Wednesday:

Search crews have stopped for the night and will resume again at 8 a.m. Thursday. Temple Lake Park will be closed Thursday as well.