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Fort Hood Press Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 16, 2017 2:23:29 PM CDT

Diver succumbs to injuries suffered during search operation

FORT HOOD, Texas -- A diver working with local search teams died April 16 after extraction from House Creek and transportation to an area hospital April 15.

The diver, a volunteer with the Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team, was evacuated by ground ambulance to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, stabilized, and transported by air to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. The diver did not survive and died early Sunday morning.

Further details are being withheld until the family has been notified and a review of the circumstances surrounding the incident is complete. 

At approximately 6:30 p.m. April 15, Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services boat team personnel requested additional assistance for a diver in distress in House Creek, where teams were continuing to search for an individual missing since April 11.

Additional fire and emergency services assets were dispatched to the area to assist, in conjunction with more divers from the Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team.

"We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the diver's family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time," said Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood.  "We are grateful to everyone who has participated in this operation over the past 6 days, especially our local and regional partners assisting in the search." said Funk.

Separate investigations will be conducted by Fort Hood officials and the Morgan's Point Resort Police Department. To safeguard the investigative process, Fort Hood will not release further details at this time.

Point of contact for the Morgan's Point Resort Police Department is Chief of Police, Fred Churchill, at 254-742-3252 or Fred.Churchill@mprtx.us.

For more information contact:
Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
(254) 287-9993
(254) 287-0106
1001 761st Tank Battalion Ave
Suite W105
Fort Hood, TX 76544
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