Man drowns in rescue attempt

A Sunday evening outing of friends at a pond known locally as  Spider Pond off CR 3995 in north Liberty County turned tragic when 24 year old George Reed drowned while attempting to rescue his girlfriend. He apparently thought she was drowning even though that was not the case. The incident was reported to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Dispatcher at approximately 7:55 pm Sunday evening from witnesses to the tragedy. Liberty County SO Patrol deputies responded. An immediate search by first responders was conducted. Witnesses said that George Reed saw his girlfriend doing, what was later described, as the back-stroke. Thinking she was about to drown, he jumped into the water to help even though it was reported the man did not know how to swim.  Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Sean and Ann Marie Mitchell lead the on-scene investigation during the search. The water search resumed  early Monday morning with Texas Game Wardens using side scan sonar.  City of Cleveland Fire Department personnel and Montgomery County divers were all involved. At approximately 12:30 pm Monday the Game Wardens located Reed’s remains and the Montgomery County divers recovered his body shortly thereafter. Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace, Judge Ralph Fuller ordered an autopsy. No city of residence was available for George Reed who drowned Sunday and his body was recovered on Monday at a north liberty County pond.

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