Search continues for men missing in Trinity River

April 17, 2011 1:40:04 PM PDT
Officials continued the search Sunday for two Liberty men missing in the Trinity River. Liberty police received a 9-1-1 call around 6:40pm Saturday from the area of the Trinity River Bridge. Officials said the caller reported that a man was having trouble swimming in the river.

Officers arrived and learned that Ruben Rivera, 43, and 29-year-old Manuel De Jesus Aguilar were under water and had not come up.

The Liberty Fire Department along with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department and the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and began rescue operations.

Witnesses said Rivera and De Jesus Aguilar were trying to swim across the Trinity River, and they went under the water somewhere in the middle.

Officials searched for more than two hours Saturday night and resumed their search at sunrise Sunday.

The search teams are combing the river from about 100 yards north to 100 yards south of where the pair was last seen.

Search boats are also following the current further down the river in an effort to locate the two missing swimmers.

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