From the Office of Sheriff Brian Hawthorne
April 1 2013

418611_391954274152906_582258492_nOn 29 March 2013 at approx. 3:15 911 received a call concerning a boating accident at Hugo Point Park located at the end of Gou Hole Road.  It was reported that two boats, one boat with two occupants and the other with 4 occupants struck each other.  At the time there was a report of injuries.  Trinity Bay Medical Service and Cove Fire Department responded with two Rescue Units. 

Deputies Jobes and Gonzalez both with Chambers County Sheriff’s Marine Resource Division were dispatched to the scene.  Once there, they request the assistance of Game Warden Daniel Pope. 

As a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, a 14 yr juvenile who lives in Louisiana and was visiting a grandmother was Life-Flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Glenda Leccesse, the grandmother was transported by ambulance.  The two other occupants were treated and released.  The two occupants of the second boat, John Keller and Hunter Medlin from Cove were treated and released from the hospital the same night.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Chambers County Marine Division, however two of the factors in the accident was the speed of both boats and that they were both coming into a blind corner.

The Sheriff wanted to remind boaters how important water safety is and be alert.  Some of the waterways have narrow passages as well as blind corners and as it warms up there will be more boat traffic on the rivers and bay.