Reporting Brian New
NAVARRO COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A 14-foot fishing boat crowded with six members of a family capsized on a Navarro County stock pond Saturday evening, killing two people and sending a toddler to the hospital.
Both adults on board, 25-year-old Francisco Gomez and 43-year-old Fernando Rodriguez, drowned.
Three of the children in the boat were quickly rescued, but the two men and a a two-year-old boy went underwater, according Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner.
Family members said the two men, the toddler’s father and uncle, frantically searched for the toddler underwater.
The child was saved and taken by air to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The boy’s family said he was released and went home Sunday evening.
The two men’s bodies were later pulled from the water by first responders.
“It’s not a big pond,” explained neighbor Larry Rowland. He said the pond is less than ten feet deep.
Saturday evening, Rowland’s girlfriend heard a scream for help but by the time they ran outside, it was too late.
“I never ever would have imagined that someone would flip a boat and pass away in that pond,” said Rowland. “It’s not that deep.”
The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened around 6 p.m. off Northwest County Road 1145 outside Corsicana.
Rodriguez and Gomez both lived in Dallas and often on weekends would go down to Navarro County to fish at the pond.
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