Four people drown over the weekend

June 13, 2011 2:54:59 PM PDT
There were a series of drownings in the Houston area over the weekend. Authorities say some of these drowning could have been prevented. This warning comes after four separate drowning incidents across our area this weekend.

One incident was at a house party in west Houston near Bauer and Hammerly. Investigators say a 21-year-old man was found at the bottom of the pool during a big party. Apparently, no one noticed he'd been under water for some time. They pulled him out and began CPR.

He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Police believe the man may have had too much to drink or hit his head. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences identified the victim as Chet Alexander.

A cowboy trying to cross the San Jacinto River on horseback drowned. Investigators say Jason Rex Pelton, 37, tried to get off his horse when it began struggling in the water. His foot got caught in the stirrup. Pelton was kicked in the head and then went under. The Houston Fire Department responded with an inflatable boat, air boat and jet skis. Pelton's body was recovered late Saturday night.

In Manvel, a woman is believed to have drowned in a pond. Police say 45-year-old Patricia Istre had been floating on the water on an inflatable raft at an RV park off Highway 6. A friend she was with had fallen asleep and when she woke up, she discovered the woman was missing. The raft was found nearby.

On Lake Conroe, divers searched for a 21-year-old swimmer making his way from one shoreline to another. They searched for an hour and a half before discovering his body.

Experts say now is the time to review pool safety and general water safety and be particularly vigilant when there's alcohol involved.

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