HOUSTON - 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 just off the beach of the Magnolia Garden Private Park which is located at Riverside Street and Beech Street.
Deputies said a 25-year-old man was carrying his niece when he fell into a hole and drowned.
A relative was able to grab the 3-year-old girl but couldn't save her uncle.
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.
The captain for the Marine Unit of HCSO said the water looks calm and shallow, but there are deep holes hidden in the river's bottom.
"If you are aware of your surroundings it's not bad," said Captain John Stanton, HCSO. "If you are not aware of your surroundings it will kill you.
None of the beaches on the river have life guards. Instead, it's swim at your own risk.
Deputies said a life-jacket would have almost certainly saved his life.
The victim's name hasn't been released.
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