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Two drown in separate incidents
Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Travis Beck and Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Burdette review the scene June 24 of an apparent drowning near Sutherland Springs.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) in Rockport has confirmed that Colby Kent, 25, of La Vernia died over the weekend here, in an apparent drowning incident.
Kent, a 2006 graduate of La Vernia High School, was night fishing near Rockport.
TPWD was notified shortly after midnight June 23 that Kent had fallen out of a boat and could not be located, a game warden said. Lt. Tyrone Conner of the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed his agency assisted in the search for Kent, launching a rescue helicopter and response vessel.
Kent’s body was recovered shortly after 5:13 a.m. Sunday; he was not wearing a life jacket, Conner said.
“People don’t get a second chance,” Conner said. “Life jackets save lives. They also allow for quicker recovery [if you’re in the water]. Wearing life jackets is highly encouraged.”
Read the full obituary on page 9A.
Another possible drowning also occurred in Wilson County over the weekend.
Law-enforce-ment personnel and members of two local fire departments were called to the Cibolo Creek near Sutherland Springs June 24, where a body was found on the banks of the creek.
According to Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., the body of an adult male, unidentified as of press time June 24, was retrieved by emergency services personnel from the Stockdale and La Vernia volunteer fire departments. Wilson County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Burdette pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Tackitt said a man, possibly homeless, had been seen in the area recently. Sunday, he was seen swimming with others in the Cibolo Creek. When someone went to check on him Monday, they found the body.
No foul play is suspected, Tackitt said. Based on personal effects found at the scene, the man was able to be identified. The sheriff’s office was working to notify next of kin. An autopsy was to be performed by the Bexar County Medical Examiner.
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