A man drowned after falling into a hole in the San Jacinto River in northeast Harris County on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the responded around 2:48 p.m. to a scene at Magnolia Garden Park which is located at Riverside Street and Beech Street. 

Deputies said a 25-year-old man was carrying his 3-year-old niece when he fell into a hole and drowned.

The niece was able to safely get to shore. 

HCSO Marine Unit conducted the search for the man's body and it was quickly recovered. 

This is the first drowning in the San Jacinto River for 2017. There were four drownings on the river last year. 

"There are places you can walk half-way across this river and only be in waist-deep water," said Captain John Stanton, HCSO. "There are other places you you can be 10-feet offshore and be in 15-feet of water. It's just an unknown."

None of the beaches on the river have life guards. Instead, it's swim at your own risk. 

The victim's name hasn't been released.