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  • Deputy Recalls Deadly Accident Play Video

    September 5, 2014 9:30 PM

    EDINBURG - A deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department was back on the job Friday after being briefly hospitalized following an attempt to save a man from a sinking vehicle. Ricardo Garcia was back at the sheriff's academy where he works as an instructor. Garcia on Thursday... more »
  • Police Investigate Drowning in Mission Play Video

    June 24, 2014 4:22 PM

    MISSION - Police continue the investigation into a body found in a canal Monday. Police said rescue crews pulled the man's body from the canal off of 1st Street near Conway Avenue just before 8 a.m. A preliminary autopsy shows the man drowned. Police say there are no... more »
  • Investigation Reveals Child Drowned in Waist-Deep Water Play Video

    June 24, 2014 4:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Investigators launched a criminal probe into the death of a toddler near Palmview. The 18-month-old was found unconscious Monday night in a canal off Abram Road and FM 2221. "That's where the first family member discovered the child, pulled him out, and immediately attempted to... more »
  • Child's Death Now a Criminal Investigation Play Video

    June 24, 2014 12:52 PM

    PALMVIEW - The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office said a criminal investigation is under way into a toddler's death. The 18-month-old boy was found in a canal behind the child's home last night. The home's located north of Palmview, off of FM 2221 and Abram Road. Hidalgo County Sheriff's... more »
  • Authorities Urge Beachgoers to Heed Riptide Warnings Play Video

    May 27, 2014 7:32 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Riptides claimed two lives over the Memorial Day weekend off South Padre Island. Cameron County lifeguards say swimmers need to be aware of the dangers lurking in the water. Michael Johnson, with Cameron County Beach Patrol, said riptides caused problems for swimmers over the... more »
  • 2 Drowned at SPI during Holiday Weekend Play Video

    May 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Two people drowned at South Padre Island over the weekend. Michael Johnson, the Cameron County Beach Patrol safety coordinator, told CHANNEL 5 NEWS a 54-year-old man drowned Saturday afternoon. It happened after 3:30 p.m. at Isla Blanca Park. The second drowning happened Monday afternoon,... more »
  • Drowning Victim Identified Play Video

    March 31, 2014 4:02 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Authorities released the name of a student who drowned in the waters off South Padre Island over the weekend. Police said the victim was 18-year-old Jesus Eduardo Moreno. He was a student at PSJA High School. A crisis-counseling team was at the high school on... more »
  • Counselors Helping Students, Staff Deal with Teen's Drowning Play Video

    March 31, 2014 1:03 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The 18-year-old who drowned off the shores of South Padre Island was a junior at PSJA North High School. A crisis counseling team is at the campus helping students and staff cope with the Pharr teen's death. A PSJA ISD spokeswoman said the counselors will... more »
  • Country Club Reaches Settlement in Boy's Drowning Play Video

    December 30, 2013 5:15 PM

    McALLEN - McAllen Country Club reached a settlement with the parents of a boy who drowned in the club's swimming pool during the summer. The parents said the will donate the $250,000 settlement to a children's charity. They have not decided which charity will receive the funds. The... more »
  • Troopers Probe Deadly Crash in San Benito Play Video

    December 10, 2013 4:01 PM

    SAN BENITO - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers continue investigating the death of a woman in San Benito. Investigators said Odilia Cortez, 56, died when her car plunged into a canal at about 7:40 a.m. The incident happened off Hudson Road, just off of FM 2520. DPS... more »
  • Officials Warn About Dangers of Driving on Canal Banks Play Video

    November 1, 2013 8:53 PM

    WESLACO - Authorities say a recent drowning in a canal near Weslaco should serve as a warning about the dangers of driving on canal banks. Officials said there have been more than a dozen vehicle accidents involving canals since January. Three of the accidents happened in October. Emergency... more »
  • Family Mourns Drowning Victim Play Video

    October 31, 2013 10:30 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Friends and relatives of a 22-year-old man who drowned in a canal north of Weslaco said they saw him for the last time on Wednesday. Juan Martinez Martinez died when his SUV went into the water at Mile 4 West Road. The canal runs parallel with... more »
  • Man Dies After SUV Plunges into Canal North of Weslaco Play Video

    October 31, 2013 8:44 PM

    NORTH OF WESLACO - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino on Thursday identified the victim of a deadly accident north of Weslaco. The man, Juan Martinez Martinez, died when his Dodge SUV rolled over and plunged into a canal, Trevino said. The sheriff said the man was born in 1991.... more »
  • Child Protective Services Investigating Near Drowning Play Video

    October 3, 2013 11:07 PM

    WESLACO - Child Protective Services is investigating the near drowning of a toddler in Weslaco. Investigators said the 2-year-old fell into the family pool on Tuesday. The boy's grandfather let the family dogs out into the backyard and did not close the door properly. The boy was able... more »
  • Rough Seas Blamed for Deadly Boating Accident Play Video

    October 3, 2013 4:09 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Four-foot waves near the Brazos-Santiago Pass and construction on the jetties caused a motorboat to capsize Wednesday, Coast Guard officials said. One man died. A Coast Guard report states that the victim and another man were on a boat designed for freshwater use. The small... more »
  • Boater Drowns Near Boca Chica Beach Play Video

    October 3, 2013 12:23 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Authorities released the name of a man who drowned Wednesday near Boca Chica Beach. The victim, Peter Clark, 74, drowned when the boat he was on capsized. Another man on the boat survived. Coast Guard officials said they got a call about the capsized... more »
  • Pool Reopens After Drowning at McAllen Country Club Play Video

    August 22, 2013 8:31 PM

    McALLEN - The McAllen Country Club swimming pool reopened Thursday, more than a month after a child drowned there. The pool is open only to club members, club officials said. Several lifeguards watched those in the water Thursday. Joel Flores, 4, drowned in the pool while he participated... more »
  • Officials Release Autopsy Results in Child's Death Play Video

    August 19, 2013 4:22 PM

    McALLEN - Officials released the results of an autopsy of a child who drowned at the McAllen Country Club. The report confirmed the presence of water in Joel Flores' lungs. The body also had abrasions on the right side of the forehead and right chest. The drowning happened... more »
  • Toddler Drowned in Pool Play Video

    August 19, 2013 12:53 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - South Padre Island police are investigating a drowning. A 3-year-old child died Friday afternoon. Police report the child was found unresponsive in the pool at a condominium. Paramedics administered CPR to the child. The 3-year-old was then airlifted to the Valley Baptist Medical Center in... more »
  • Officials Warn About Dangers of Swimming in Canals Play Video

    July 29, 2013 7:24 PM

    WESLACO - Recent drownings at irrigation canals highlight the dangers hidden under the seemingly calm waters, officials said. The most recent incident happened Sunday in a floodway canal near Santa Rosa. A Weslaco dive team was called to recover the body of Fernando Vasquez, 47. Officials said Vasquez drowned... more »
  • McAllen Drowning Victim Identified Play Video

    July 19, 2013 9:30 AM

    MCALLEN - A justice of the peace has ordered an autopsy for a 4-year-old who drowned Thursday. McAllen police identified the victim as Joel Flores Jr. Initial reports from police identified him as a 5-year-old. The drowning happened at a pool at the McAllen Country Club Thursday. The... more »
  • SPI Drowning Victim Identified as UTB Graduate Play Video

    July 5, 2013 12:55 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - An autopsy was ordered for a man who drowned off South Padre Island. CHANNEL 5 NEWS received photos of the search for 27-year-old Ousainou Senghore. Witnesses said he disappeared in the water Thursday afternoon near the third sandbar by Clayton's Bar and Grill. The... more »
  • Drowning Victim Identified Play Video

    June 4, 2013 9:22 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Officials released the identity of a teenager who drowned near Beach Access 5 on Monday. Officials said Luis Hernandez, 19, of Donna drowned while swimming with a woman near the beach. A passerby saw the couple in trouble and rushed in to help. The man,... more »
  • Water Pumping Through McAllen Canals

    March 29, 2013 1:22 PM

    MCALLEN - Water levels are rising in the canals. A spokesperson for the irrigation district said water levels should be back to normal by the end of the day. Thursday night, crews recovered the body of John Perri, a 7-year-old who drowned in a canal Wednesday. The canals were... more »
  • Woman Reaches Out to Family of Drowning Victim

    March 28, 2013 8:35 PM

    McALLEN - The mother of a teenager who died in a canal in south McAllen last summer is reaching out to the family of a boy who drowned Wednesday. Maria Frias' son Andres died in a canal near 10th Street and Dicker Road. He was 18 when he drowned.... more »
  • Dive Crew Plays Crucial Role in Recovery Effort

    March 28, 2013 8:12 PM

    McALLEN - A Mission Fire Department dive crew spent Thursday trolling a canal where a 7-year-old boy drowned Wednesday. The crew used sonar to search for John Perri. Officials said John fell into the Edinburg Main Canal near Trenton Road before 7 p.m. Wednesday. Fire officials said John was... more »
  • Water Receding at Canal Where Boy Drowned

    March 28, 2013 8:07 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County Irrigation District 1 officials described the systematic procedure needed to stop the flow of water at a canal where a boy drowned Wednesday. The water shutoff will not affect municipalities, but may have an impact on farmers, they said. "This canal comes all the... more »
  • Crews Continue Searching Canal for Boy

    March 28, 2013 4:33 PM

    McALLEN - Officials this afternoon released the identity of a 7-year-old presumed drowned in an irrigation canal in north McAllen. Officials said the child, John Perry, fell into the Edinburg Main Canal near Trenton Road before 7 p.m. Wednesday. Fire officials said John was playing with another boy when... more »
  • Preliminary Autopsy Reveals Marchan's Cause of Death

    March 1, 2013 4:16 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County Justice of the Peace Juan Mendoza said Ray Marchan drowned and suffered blunt-force trauma after he jumped into the Laguna Madre on Thursday. Officials said a taxi driver told authorities he saw Ray Marchan jump off the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway into the dark waters... more »
  • Officials Confirm Second Body was Pulled from Canal

    August 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    McALLEN - Officials today confirmed a body was pulled from a canal less than a mile away from where an 18-year-old drowned in early August. An irrigation worker discovered the body of Gilberto Torres Alonso, 32, on Aug. 3, one day after Andres Frias went missing in a canal... more »
  • Security Concerns at Hidalgo County Canals

    August 13, 2012 6:40 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 2 officials are asking law enforcement officials to help control access to water canals. The request comes after the drowning of 18-year-old Andres Frias. The teenager disappeared on Aug. 2 while swimming at a canal south of McAllen. The canal is part... more »
  • Crews Recover Body of Andres Frias

    August 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    MCALLEN - The body of Andres Frias was recovered early this morning. His body was pulled from a canal that runs between 10th Street and McColl. Engineers and emergency crews started preparing for the recovery Friday afternoon, just north of Dicker Road. That canal connects to a 2,100-foot-long... more »
  • Officials Plan to Flush Pipe to Recover Body

    August 10, 2012 5:29 PM

    SOUTH OF McALLEN - Engineers from McAllen, Edinburg and Mission will drain a canal on Sunday for 24 hours to look for an 18-year-old swimmer who went missing last week. Officials said they will cut off the flow of water and dam both sides of the canal to flush... more »
  • Family Pleads for Help Finding Missing Swimmer

    August 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    McALLEN - It has been eight days since 18-year-old Andres Frias disappeared in a canal south of McAllen. Now his family is asking for help from irrigation officials to recover his body. They want them to stop the flow of water to the canal, but officials said doing so... more »
  • Officials: All Resources Used Before Suspending Search for Missing Swimmer

    August 8, 2012 5:09 PM

    McALLEN - Recovery teams said they used all the resources they had at their disposal before calling off the search for a missing 18-year-old man in a canal south of McAllen. The victim, Andres Frias, went missing Thursday while swimming at the canal. Family and friends said they saw... more »
  • Dive Team Joins Efforts to Find 18-Year-Old

    August 7, 2012 12:55 PM

    MCALLEN - A dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety joined the search for a missing 18-year-old. But it's still unclear when or if they'll get into the water. Andres Frias was last seen Thursday, when he was swimming in the canal south of McAllen. The... more »
  • DPS Dive Team Sent to Canal to Search for Missing Teen

    August 6, 2012 10:53 PM

    McALLEN - A Texas Department of Public Safety dive team has been called out to a canal where an 18-year-old man went missing while swimming Thursday. The divers will not go into the canal tonight. They will study blue prints of the canal and make an assessment of the... more »
  • Firefighters Use Underwater Camera in Search for Man

    August 6, 2012 4:19 PM

    SOUTH OF McALLEN - Firefighters have deployed an underwater camera at a canal where an 18-year-old went missing while swimming Thursday. The extremely murky water is making it difficult for firefighters to identify anything in the canal. Investigators think Andres Farias drowned while swimming. Strong currents and low... more »
  • Family Holding on to Faith, Loved One Still Missing

    August 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    SOUTH OF MCALLEN - A Valley family is leaning on faith and holding on to hope that they will find their loved one. Eighteen-year-old Andres Frias was last seen Thursday night swimming in a canal south of McAllen. CHANNEL 5 NEWS went back to the scene Saturday afternoon. Along... more »
  • Officials Warn About Dangers of Swimming in Canals

    August 3, 2012 6:39 PM

    McALLEN - Officials have issued a warning about the dangers of swimming in irrigation canals. The canals are designed to carry water for irrigation and should not be used for swimming, officials said. "This one is designed to move water to serve agricultural or domestic water supply needs.... more »
  • Mother Anxious for News on Her Son's Fate

    August 3, 2012 6:33 PM

    McALLEN - The mother of an 18-year-old is hoping to see her son one way or another. Her son, Andres Frias went missing Thursday after swimming in an irrigation canal south of McAllen. "My heart feels that he's there and he's still alive. And I'm not moving here... more »
  • Recovery Mission Under Way South of McAllen

    August 3, 2012 1:25 PM

    HIDALGO - Crews continue the search for an 18-year-old who went missing while swimming with friends yesterday. Relatives of Andres Frias told CHANNEL 5 NEWS said they're still holding on to hope that they'll be reunited with the 18-year-old. Fire crews at the scene are hoping to bring some... more »
  • Investigation Continues into Drowning in Harlingen

    July 13, 2012 12:22 PM

    HARLINGEN - An investigation continues into the drowning death of an 8-year-old boy Tuesday. Eduardo Martinez III died at a local hospital, officials said. Police said the incident happened in an above-the-ground pool on the 1400 block of Rodriguez Street. more »
  • Authorities Looking for Drowning Victim

    April 9, 2012 4:35 PM

    PROGESO - Border patrol officials say they have not found the man who disappeared under water in the Rio Grande. Agents saw a man in river go under. He didn't resurface. It happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The man was near the Mexican side of the river, just east... more »
  • Family Mourns Man Who Drowned in Canal

    January 10, 2012 11:54 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - The family of Liborio Martinez is mourning his death. The 20-year-old drown in a Willacy County canal during a fishing trip. His body was found after a five-day search. His mother and sister are now struggling with the loss. Maria Martinez says her son was respectful and... more »
  • Raymondville Man Missing

    January 8, 2012 11:25 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Family members and friends are still holding out hope a missing 20-year-old man will turn up. Liborio Martinez Jr. is believed to have drowned in a Willacy County canal. His friends and family say not enough is being done to search for him. Martinez was on a... more »

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