Jim Lee always had sound advice for anyone around water — wear a life jacket, a family member recalled.
Lee was a good swimmer who would be alive today if he had been wearing one Sunday, said his brother, Tom Lee.
Jim Lee was found by boaters in Branched Oak Lake northwest of Lincoln, about 50 yards from shore.
He had attempted to swim to his Jet Ski that had come untethered from shore near the southeast end of the lake.
Lee, 54, of Greenwood, Neb., was taken by helicopter to a Lincoln hospital. He was taken off life support Wednesday and died, said his brother.
“He always told me to have a lifejacket on when I was in a boat,'' he said.
Tom Lee, 52, who was not at the lake Sunday, said he was told that his brother may have experienced a problem while swimming toward the Jet Ski.
He said his brother raised his right arm toward passing boaters, who apparently thought he was offering a friendly wave. Later, the boaters returned and found him face-down in the water.
Jim Lee worked as an injection molder and technician at Mueller Recreational Products in Lincoln.
Besides his brother, he is survived by his wife Jenny, mother Delores Lee of Lincoln and three children. Services were pending.