Two Granite men drown near dam


Two Granite men drowned after entering the strong currents and fast-moving water on the west side of the Lugert-Altus dam on Friday.

Two men from the nearby town of Granite drowned Friday evening at approximately 5 p.m. in the North Fork of the Red River on the west side of the dam at lake Altus.

According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the victims are Stewart Sullins, 25, and Johnny Robertson, 47, both of Granite.

The report states that both victims entered the water at the Lugert-Altus Dam on the North Fork of the Red River side of the dam into running water. Robertson was seen by witnesses in the water struggling, going under and not resurfacing. Witnesses also said that it appeared that Sullins attempted to retrieve Robertson.

The drownings were investigated by Trooper George Hoyle of the Marine Division of OHP, and was assisted by Lt. Steve Pothorst, Troopers Gary Smith, Lane Gossen, Scott Hazle, Jeff Fielder, Ken Edmonds, Herbert Perry, Daniel Proctor, Jansen Idlett, Jeremy Tollman, and Roy Anderson, along with the Oklahoma Park Rangers and Oklahoma Game Wardens.

In unrelated incidents, the28-year-old Altus man that reportedly fell off a bridge near Headrick has still not been located as of press time. Search and rescue teams were still out Saturday looking for the man.

Another drowning happened on Friday at the Washington Cove boat ram on Copan Lake in Washington County. The victim, Justin P. Albert, 27, of Bartlesville, was said to have told friends that he was going to jump off the dock and touch the bottom of the lake. Emergency personnel were called and advised that he never resurfaced. He was later found using side scan sonar and the drag tool. He was found approximately 100 feet from the shoreline in 18 feet of water.

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