NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has released details on a weekend boating incident which claimed the life of a Nacogdoches man.
Pernell Tutt was 52. He died after saving his mother from drowning.
According to a press release, Tutt and his mother, Cora Tutt, were in a private lake on County Road 392 Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement was called to the scene around 6:30 p.m.
According to Sheriff Jason Bridges, a person driving near the lake could hear what sounded like a woman screaming for help. He said he could see a small boat in the lake and drove down to see what was going on. He said he could then hear a woman screaming who was in the lake about 200 yards from the bank. He swam to the boat that was circling and climbed in and used it to get the woman, who was tied to a stump in the lake. He then took her back to shore and they called the sheriff's office.
Bridges said they determined Tutt had taken his mother fishing on Lake Scroggins and they hit a stump in the lake and she fell out of the boat. Tutt then jumped in the lake to rescue his mother and was able to swim her to a stump and tie her hands to the stump so she would not drown. He then tried to swim back to the boat but was seen going under the water and he never came back up.
Tutt was discovered Sunday morning around 10.
"The is a very sad and tragic even, and there is no doubt that Pernell's last actions, along with that of a local 18-year-old boy, helped save the life of Cora Tutt," Bridges said.
Cora Tutt was taken to a Nacogdoches hospital, where she is in stable condition.