TEXAS CITY, Texas -- An afternoon of fishing took a tragic turn for a group of neighborhood kids in West Texas City.
The small group of boys were out on a pond behind the South Point subdivision near the Mainland Crossing shopping center.
Emergency responders were called to the pond around 4:30 p.m. after one of the boys went under and did not come back up.
Neighbor Steadman Duhon said he arrived on the scene first.
“I was just shocked,Duhon said.
His 10 and 12-year-old sons were part of the group that was out on the water. They went running home after their friend disappeared beneath the water’s surface.
Duhon knew he had to react quickly. He ran through a ditch and a field behind his home to get to the pond.
“I was scared to death running out there because I knew what I was fixing to find,” Duhon said. “I got in three steps and there was a drop off. I didn’t know it was that deep.”
He immediately began searching in the 10 foot deep water.
“I tried to go down and sink to the bottom and I couldn’t. I swam down, and that’s when I felt him,” Duhon said.
Duhon pulled the 15-year-old boy out of the water, but it was too late. The boy’s family and paramedics were waiting along the water’s edge.
They identify the victim as “Terrell,” a familiar face in the neighborhood.
The 15-year-old’s family is asking for privacy and prayers as they begin to grieve.