Identity of Drowning Victim Released, LIVINGSTON, August 7, 2020 - On August 5, 2020, around 9:27a.m. the Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigated the apparent drowning death of an individual in the Trinity River below the Dam.
Witnesses stated the victim who has been identified as Vi Chi Dieu arrived at the Trinity River around 8:00a.m. with his father, to fish. Dieu entered the water and was wade fishing on the West side of the river. The witness stated that it appeared the Dieu’s line became entangled and he moved to untangle it. The witness said he observed Dieu go underwater and not come back up. The witness said he moved over to where he saw Dieu go under and attempted locating him under water. Dieu was under 10-15 minutes before the witness was able to locate him and get him to the river bank. The family was assisted by Trinity River Authority personnel with conducting CPR until Emergency Personnel arrived. Unfortunately, they were not able to revive Dieu.
Precinct #3, Justice of the Peace Robert "Dooley" Johnson, arrived and performed the inquest and ordered Dieu's body to be transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Chief Deputy, Byron Lyons, wanted to thank the combined efforts of the witnesses, Trinity River Authority Personnel, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens who all assisted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in this incident.
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Investigators from the Polk County Sheriff's Office on the west-side of the Trinity River (below Lake Livingston Dam)
Drowning on the Trinity River, SWARTWOUT, August 5, 2020 - Sometime shortly before (or shortly after) 10 am on August 5, 2020, a man drowned in the Trinity River below lake Livingston Dam. Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene. The victim was recovered. Justice of the Peace, Robert "Dooley" Johnson performed an inquest at the scene. At time of press, (11:45 am), that is all the information we have.
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