Man saved after drifting in San Jacinto River

Saturday a man was rescued by a small community in Kingwood after he was swept away in the strong current of the San Jacinto River.

Beth Zenker and her fiancé, Doyle Burns, were the first to hear the cries of help from the man. The couple said they sprinted down the river, but by the time they reached the water the man was nowhere in sight.

"The whole time I just kept telling him try to get to shore, try to get to shore, and he goes 'I can't, I can't I can't,' " said Zenker.

"He had no life jacket on, he was yelling help, he was going fast, he was keeping his head above water, and he doesn't have much strength," she said.

The couple said they have never experienced such a horrific scene. And there was nothing they could do to help other than dial 911. Less than a mile down the river the man managed to take hold of a tree, where he was rescued by neighbors who happened to be canoeing nearby in Forest Cove.

" I put him in my boat, I covered him with my life jacket because he was naked," said Denise Flores, the woman who saved his life. "I just walked him out and then the lake patrol picked it up from there."

The man did not respond to our question of how he initially was swept  in the current, but he was coherent enough to respond to some questions.

Houston fire department said  he was taken to Kingwood Hospital with no injuries.  This incident will be investigated by HPD Lake Patrol Division.
 

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