Body Recovered of Man Who Gave Life Vest to Daughter after Jet Ski Accident

August 11, 2017 Updated: August 11, 2017

The body of a 45-year-old Houston man who drowned Sunday while jet skiing on Canyon Lake in Texas has been recovered.

Michael Talley was taking his twin daughters out on the lake for their 12th birthday on Aug. 6 when the accident happened.

He and one of his daughters, Daja, were jetskiing when he made sharp turn throwing them both off.

They both had life vests, but Talley took his off and gave it to Daja.

Daja told ABC 13 that when she surfaced from the fall, she started crying out for her dad, who thought she was drowning.

Another jet ski arrived and the rider tried to help Talley, but he couldn’t get on the jet ski and slipped off into the water, Daja said.

“He was saying, ‘come on, come on.’ Then the lady was trying to let (Michael) on the jet ski and he couldn’t, and he slipped off of it,” Daja told ABC. 

That was the last time they saw him.

The Comal County Sheriff’s Office said the San Marcos Area Recovery Team (SMART) Dive Team, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, and several other units searched for him.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that they had recovered the body near where the family saw Talley go under. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff’s office said Texas Parks and Wildlife will be conducting the investigation.

Meanwhile Talley’s twins have been left orphaned.

Their mother died of a severe asthma attack when they were 3 years old, ABC13 reported.

Talley’s sister, Teayla Talley, told ABC13 she would take the girls because her brother “would do the same for me.”

She said he was a great dad and the girls said they would always be “daddy’s girls.”

“He was an amazing and heroic dad, and we will love him, and pray for him every day and talk to him in heaven,” Daja told ABC 13.