Two people drowned within 24 hours each in the San Jacinto River in separate incidents over the weekend
A 13-year-old boy went missing underwater after an outing with friends on Saturday and was found dead on the shore early Sunday morning in the 18000 block of Riverside.
At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, just a half-mile from where the 13-year-old boy drowned, a 31-year-old man went underwater.
@ abc13houston we are here now. HCSO, EMS and fire crews are here to search for this man. We are not far from where the 13-year-old boy washed ashore this morning after going missing in the water yesterday. (Two separate tragedies are here at the San Jac River off Magnolia Gardens.) https://t.co/y9m5A7GUa5 pic.twitter.com/XvoK4Xx73c
– Daniela Hurtado (@ABC13Daniela) July 17, 2022
A Witness News crew was on the scene at the Magnolia Garden, covering up the previous drowning before catching first responders in boats trying to find the man.
Lieutenant David Jasper of HCSO Maritime said: “It only takes a second. You go underwater, and it doesn’t take much water to drown so if you were pulled under and inhaled it, it could take your life. friend,” HCSO Maritime’s Lt David Jasper told the Tactical Operations Center.
Police said the search for the man lasted more than an hour.
At 5:05 p.m., the man’s body was found, Lieutenant Jasper confirmed.
“When you’re in open water with an electric current, even if you know how to swim, you never know, you’re tired, you cramp, the current pulls you,” says Jasper.
“If you don’t know how to swim, if you don’t know how deep the water is, don’t go in.”
Magnolia Gardens has no lifeguards stationed.
The entire park has signs in English and Spanish informing people of the lack of lifeguards and saying, “At your own risk.”
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