FOX 44 is learning more about Christopher Sharp, the 19-year-old who drowned at Lake Waco on Memorial Day.
His fiancee says he didn’t even want to be at the lake that day, she said he was in a bad mood but eventually gave in for his friends.
“Heartbroken, it’s unbelievable, I never thought I could go through this much pain,” said Lorelee Foster, Christopher’s fiancee.
The pair had plans to get married November 1st and start their future together.
“Go to college, start making more money and have children,” added Foster.
Those plans, will now, never come true.
“I couldn’t help, they wouldn’t let me. I kept trying but they wouldn’t let me,” said Foster.
Police say Christopher swam out past the area marked for safe swimming, that’s when he went under.
“It takes as little as 20 seconds for somebody to go from just a normal everyday happy swimmer to an active victim, to a drowning related event,” said Evan Bates, Aquatics Director at Waco Family YMCA.
Bates says even the most experienced swimmers can get caught off guard.
“We’ve seen it countless times, breath holding activities, causing them to pass out, from cramps to epilepsy’s there’s a wide range of things that even can happen,” added Bates.
“No matter how strong a swimmer you are, you’re not going to win against the undertow,” said Christopher’s Step Father Raymond Ripley.
“He didn’t like to swim very much, so I don’t really know if he was a strong swimmer, but I know he didn’t like it,” said Foster.
Christopher was under water for 30 minutes.
“If you’re not a strong swimmer, it’s best to stay where you know that you can stand and you can touch that is the hard part a lot of times with open water settings because you may not be able to see the bottom of the surface,” said Bates.
He was pronounced dead at Baylor Scott and White Hillscrest Hospital.
“He loved all people and all people loved him back,” added his step father.
Christopher was not wearing a life vest, his friends and family say that could have saved his life. They are now wanting to start a petition to get someone to provide life jackets on Lake Waco.
His memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 2pm at Connect Church. Connally High School will have a balloon release on Sunday at 7:30pm.
Click HERE to visit his GoFundMe page where you can donate money for hospital and funeral expenses.