Man last seen throwing life jacket to daughter before going underwater at Canyon Lake

Michael Talley, 45, from Houston, reported missing

CANYON LAKE, Texas – A Houston man was reported missing by his family after he was last seen throwing his life jacket to his daughter after both fell into the water at Canyon Lake.

The Comal County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Talley, 45, was on a jet ski with his daughter when he made a sharp turn and both fell into the water.

Talley took off his jacket and threw it to his daughter, who was already wearing one. She was able to swim to shore.

"As a game warden, this is the worst task we deal with,” Michael McCall, a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife. “This is the worst situation."

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The man's family, who was nearby, then reported seeing Talley go underwater and not reappear.

The SMART Dive Team, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, and several other unsuccessfully searched for the missing man.

"You're looking for a target of five or six feet,” Bryan Scott, with the San Marcos Area Recovery Team said. “I don't know how tall the victim is, you know, in an area of probably 10 (to) 15 acres."

The search will resume Monday morning.

This is not the first time rescuers have been called to the lake this summer. On June 21, a man from Austin and a teen both drowned in separate incidents on the lake.


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Garrett Brnger is a reporter with KSAT 12.