Fort Worth Man Swept Away in Creek

Man waded into water to "cool off" after heavy rainfall

Monday, Aug 20, 2012  |  Updated 7:54 AM CDT
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Hours after Saturday's heavy rains, a man decided to

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Hours after Saturday's heavy rains, a man decided to "cool off" in a creek near the Trinity River. The Fort Worth Fire Dept. recovered his body on Sunday.

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On Sunday, Fort Worth firefighters found the body of a man who waded into a Trinity River runoff creek and was swept away hours after heavy rains came through the area.

The man's name and age have not been released publicly.

It happened at a creek near Trammel Davis Road and South Norwood Drive in Northeast Fort Worth.

Firefighters responded around Saturday at 10:30 p.m. A witness said a man driving a pick-up truck decided to step into the water to "cool-off."  The man reportedly lost his footing. He was seen again a few minutes later and then disappeared again.

Fort Worth Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Harrison said dive teams searched late Saturday night until Sunday at 1:00 a.m. They returned to the area late Sunday morning.  The victim's body was recovered at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday.

The Fort Worth man was one of two men swept into swollen creeks after thunderstorms in North Texas dumped as much as 4 inches of rain. In Dallas, Baron Dangerfield, 37, was fishing when he was swept into White Rock Creek.

Harrison said wading in the water after heavy rains is never a good idea.

"When these storms come in heavy like this, that the water rises fast. Its really easy to under estimate," Harrison said. 

"If you can't see a road, don't cross. Don't attempt to wade in or walk into moving water. What may look calm on the top may be moving really quick underneath and it can take you off your feet real fast."

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