Boy Who Fell Into Swollen Brazos River Recovered 20 Miles Downstream - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Boy Who Fell Into Swollen Brazos River Recovered 20 Miles Downstream

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    Texas River Reaches Record Level

    Residents of some rural southeastern Texas counties were bracing for more flooding Tuesday along a river that had reached a record-high crest just two years after it had run dry in places because of drought. (Published Tuesday, May 31, 2016)

    The body of a 10-year-old boy who fell into the Brazos River in Parker County Saturday was found 20 miles downstream Tuesday morning. 

    According to a Texas Game Warden, the boy's body was found by the Brazos River Authority in Lake Granbury near the Hunter Park subdivision in Hood County.

    The boy, whose name is not being released at the request of his family, was fishing from the bank of the Brazos River Saturday afternoon when he lost his footing and fell in, according to Donald Schauer with Parker County Emergency Services. 

    "Approximately about 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m., we got an emergency call for a swift water rescue," Schauer said. "By the time we got on scene, we found out that there was three young children, all about the same age, about 10-years-old, down there fishing. They said that the young boy lost his footing and fell, and they tried to get him and he ended up getting swept away by the water." 

    Search Suspended for Boy Who Fell in Brazos River

    [DFW] Search Suspended for Boy Who Fell in Brazos River
    The search for a 10-year-old boy who fell into the Brazos River in Parker County has been suspended Monday evening as the river continues to rise.
    (Published Tuesday, May 31, 2016)

    Schauer said the boy was spending time at friend's house when it happened, and added there was a 20 to 30 minute delay before someone could call 911. 

    "Young kids — they were chasing him, trying to get up to him, keep track of him — and they had to go find the adults, which weren't present at the time, to go make the call. They were kind of far away from the house," Schauer said. 

    "We moved it to a search and recovery [Saturday] night when we realized that the victim was unable to swim and you had no flotation device on him and was actually witnessed going under the water," Schauer said. 

    Parker County officials said the river was expected to crest overnight Monday into Tuesday morning at about 24 feet above flood stage. Before they found his body, rising water threatened to force officials to suspend the search until the water recedes -- which could take several days. 

    Multiple agencies were involved in the search for the child, including crews from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Brazos River Authority, Granbury Fire Department and Parker County Emergency Services. 

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