Body of horseback rider recovered from river

A 37-year-old horseback rider drowned in the San Jacinto River on Saturday

June 12, 2011 12:11:33 PM PDT
Dive teams recovered the body of a horseback rider who went missing Saturday in the San Jacinto River. According to officials, 37-year-old Jason Pelton and a few others were herding cattle by horseback around 4pm Saturday along the river near Sorters McClellan Rd. and White Sands.

Witnesses told Houston police that Pelton's horse fell into some deep water and panicked.

That's when authorities say Pelton either fell or was bucked off the horse.

They said it looked like his foot got caught in the stirrup, and then he went underwater and may have hit his head.

Pelton's horse made it back across the water, but the rider did not.

Crews searched for six hours. His body was recovered shortly before 10pm Saturday.