The Gladewater man who drowned Saturday while fishing with his son has been identified as 36-year-old Timothy Matthew Carson.
Officials said Carson and his son were fishing in Prairie Creek near Prairie Creek Bridge on Texas 135 when the two decided to go swimming.
Gregg County Game Warden Todd Long said while the two were swimming, Carson went under and failed to resurface.
Carson’s 10-year-old son, who was swimming with his father, was the only witness to the drowning. The boy was able to get to a nearby road, where he flagged down a passerby who called 911, Long said.
Long said Carson’s body was found in a portion of the creek where the water was five to 10 feet deep.
Investigators have not determined what time Carson went under water. His body was pulled from the water about 8:15 p.m.
Gregg County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson pronounced Carson dead about 9:45 p.m. Saturday.
Carson’s death is being investigated as an accidental drowning.
Neither Carson nor his son were wearing a life jacket and Long said.
“(We urge) swimmers, boaters and people fishing, especially in unfamiliar water, to wear a life jacket,” he said.
He added that creeks, though usually more shallow than lakes, can be even more dangerous due to underwater obstructions that are constantly changing.
“A lot of these creeks have underwater dangers and sometimes there can be currents and unforeseen hazards,” Long said.
Prairie Creek runs below Texas 135 just north of Crews Road between Gladewater and Kilgore.
It pools into a makeshift swimming hole just west of Texas 135.
“(Prairie Creek) is a remote creek that winds through the woods,” Long said.