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HOLIDAY DROWNINGS TWO DIE IN SAN JACINTO RIVER;

1 child survives in Huffman

HIGHLANDS – The San Jacinto River claimed two lives over the 4th of July holiday weekend, and a young child in Huffman almost became the third victim.

The drowning victims included a 50 year old man who walked into deep water at Banana Bend on Saturday, July 2nd; a 7 year old child that went under water at Love’s Marina and Park on old 90 near Crosby; and the near drowning of a 3 year old in Huffman.

The 50 year old died about 1 p.m. on Saturday, as he was swimming at Banana Bend Beach. While swimming with friends in shallow water, he went under water and didn’t resurface. Witnesses said they thought he stepped of a sand bar into deep water, and couldn’t swim.

At Love’s Marina, the drowning occured at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. It was thought that the 7 year old did not know how to swim.

In Huffman, later in the week a 3 year old almost drowned in water near South Commons View Drive on Thursday afternoon. Houston Fire Department answered, and called LifeFlight to take the child to Hermann Memorial Hospital.