Nacogdoches County Sheriff releases name of drowning victim

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have recovered the body of the man who drowned in a private lake off of FM 343 in the Looneyville area, according to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges.

A dive team from the Nacogdoches Fire Department found the man's body at about 5 p.m., Bridges said. In addition, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens and Lilbert-Looneyville VFD firefighters assisted in the recovery operation.

A Nacogdoches County justice of the peace pronounced the man dead shortly after he was found. Monday. The man has been identified as Larry Hooper, 65, according to a press release.

Authorities said two fisherman notified first responders of the drowning victim.

"Two men had gone fishing in a private pond and were using a flat-bottom boat inside the pond," Bridges said in a press release. "We believe the victim may have had a heart attack and fell into the pond while both men were fishing. This caused the boat to turn over. The other man attempted to save his friend but was unable to and had to swim back to the bank."

Both the Cushing and Lilbert-Loonneyville volunteer fire departments responded to the call at 8:30 a.m. Officials said the man, who was in his late sixties , was fishing on the lake.

Search teams from multiple agencies are using sonar technology to conduct the recovery efforts.

Bridges said they will provide the victim's name once the man's next of kin is notified.

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