Man drowns, woman survives when rushing water sweeps them off ATV near Buna


    BREAKING: Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman tells KFDM/Fox 4 Mallie Kelly, 79 of Buna drowned when high water swept him off the ATV he was riding in the Buna area. A woman who was with him survived.

    Newman says the Kelly and woman were on the ATV and crossing an area of high water close to County Road 701 near Buna when they encountered the rushing water.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens say a Kelly drowned in the Neches River, and the woman he was with managed to survive after clinging to an all-terrain vehicle for two days before she was discovered by a passing boater.

    Officer Justin Eddins said it all began on Wednesday when the Kelly and woman became stranded due to high water at a campsite off of County Road 701, near the swollen Neches River, northwest of Buna, in Jasper County.

    Eddins said the Kelly, drowned on Wednesday, and the woman clung to an amphibious ATV until a boater discovered her early Friday morning. She was taken by ambulance to a Beaumont hospital for treatment due to exposure.

    Meanwhile, Evadale firefighters and Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman worked together to recover the body of the Kelly, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Smith.

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