Bluewater drowning victim identified

THOREAU, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say an Albuquerque man drowned while trying to swim after a floating device at Bluewater Lake.

The New Mexico State Parks Division released its incident report of the drowning death of 29-year-old Eric Thomas on Friday. The report says Thomas began to struggle in the water after trying to swim after a float tube that had drifted away.

The incident happened July 31 while he and his wife were fishing.

Authorities say his wife swam out to him but was unable to help him keep his head above water.

She screamed for help and several boaters arrived and pulled Thomas from the water. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Authorities say the couple had been married about two weeks.

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