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Troopers ID drowning victims reported Sunday in Tenkiller, Keystone lakes
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Troopers ID drowning victims reported Sunday in Tenkiller, Keystone lakes

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Two northeastern Oklahoma men drowned in separate lakes Sunday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Clifton Deion Youngblood, 36, of Muskogee jumped off a boat at Burnt Cabin Bluffs on Lake Tenkiller about 3:20 p.m. and began struggling in the water. He went under and did not resurface, according to a trooper’s report. The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Dive Team recovered his body that evening.

A Tulsa man, Joseph Ballard Jr., 22, drowned about an hour later at Rock Creek on Lake Keystone, troopers reported.

Ballard was swimming across a cove when he began to struggle and dipped below the water line and did not resurface, according to a trooper’s report. He was pronounced dead about 8 p.m.

Neither of the men was wearing a personal flotation device, the OHP reported.

Friends and family members of each man have created a GoFundMe page to raise support for their loved one's memorial services. 

Youngblood leaves four children behind, according to his fundraiser page, which can be found at bit.ly/3rzv9wD

Ballard's mother is seeking help burying Ballard, her second-born son, according to a fundraiser page organized in his honor, which can be found at bit.ly/3kKfl8X

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