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Clovis man drowns in Sumner Lake

FORT SUMNER — A 53-year-old Clovis man drowned Saturday night at Sumner Lake State Park, officials said.

Park Superintendent Ray Drake said he received a call about a possible drowning at 6:44 p.m. on Saturday. He said witnesses told him Ricky Boddy of Clovis was trying to dock his boat on the west side of the lake when it drifted away.

“He jumped in to go get it,” Drake said.

“It’s hard to say exactly what happened. The witnesses said they saw him swim a little and then he went down.”

A dive team from the New Mexico State Police recovered the body at 2:29 p.m. on Sunday, Drake said.

The body was found near the area where witnesses reported they last saw the victim.

Drake said the Office of the Medical Investigator took the body as part of the investigation into the incident.

Drake said Boddy and family members had arrived at the lake on Saturday.

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