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Man drowns near Magnolia Gardens attempting to save girl

EAST HOUSTON – A man drowned in the San Jacinto River, on Saturday about 2:30 p.m. The incident occurred near Magnolia Gardens, at Beach Street and Riverside.

Authorities said that a family was enjoying a swim, when a young girl in the group began to flounder in the water, and was drowning.

Four male members of the party jumped into the river to rescue the girl, but one of them, a 25-year-old man, drowned while trying to swim to the girl.

The San Jacinto River is notorious for a slippery bottom in the area, and swimmers are always cautioned about the dangers.

The girl was rescued and safe, according to Sheriff’s deputies. However, they had to search the river to recover the body of the man who did not survive the rescue attempt.