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Office of Chambers County Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne
News Release
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports today that a Mother’s Day family outing on the Trinity River ended in tragedy.

A family from the Mont Belveiu-Dayton area in Chambers County prepared themselves for an outing on the Trinity River to celebrate Mother’s Day. The father was driving the family boat while his wife rode along and watched her family members riding on a large tube that the boat was pulling.

Upon rounding a bend in the river near the Chambers and Liberty County line, the tube struck a partially submerged tree floating in their path. Upon striking the tree the passengers were thrown into the water. Upon quickly responding to their aide, the parents recovered them from the water and noticed their 16 year old daughter was seriously injured from the collision with the tree.

They called Chambers County 911 Communications to report the incident while they continued in route to the Trinity River Bridge boat ramp which is located on the west side of I-10. Chambers County Deputies were first to arrive followed by the Sheriffs Office Marine Unit as well as the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Life-Flight was called and immediately began treating the injured girl and transported her to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston where after arriving
she was pronounced dead.

The remaining family members arrived at the hospital and admitted yet another family member, the victim’s older brother who is 24 years old and was also on the tube was rushed into surgery. At the time of this report he had come out of surgery and is listed in stable condition. No other injuries have been reported.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife with assistance from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office.

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