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Drowning makes people extra-cautious near water
PLEASURE ISLAND- by Haley Bull
The drowning of a Port Arthur man on Pleasure Island Saturday didn't deter people from using the fishing pier near where first responders found his body, but did make people take extra precautions Sunday.
There was little evidence visible from Saturday's scene off the 100 block of N. Levee Rd.
"I mean a body of water can just turn very quickly," Vanessa Salinas said.
It was the scene of the drowning of a 26-year old man just one day prior.
"It's just very sad but when you're out here, you don't leave anything to chance," Jeanne Goudeaux said.
Port Arthur Police said they got the call about 1 a.m. Saturday. According to officers, a woman told them she and the victim were fishing when he dropped personal belongings in the water, went in after it and began struggling. She went to call 911, but when she returned he was missing. Emergency workers had to call off the search until daylight due to poor conditions.
"I went down to the other end, I'm not sure how far it is, four, five miles, and then I come this way, look at the pier, and I just saw the firemen," Tony Lindo said.
He saw first responders recovering the body of 26-year old Christopher Ramirez from Port Arthur about 7 a.m. Saturday.
"Today I told people that were picnicking not to go swimming or if they did go swimming just to be careful," Lindo said.
It was a message of caution for people enjoying the pier, making families think twice.
"I won't be out on the rocks without any proper shoes or anything like that. I'll be more cautious about my surroundings," Salinas said.
"Watch out for the slick spot where all the algaes and everything else is as so I won't slip in," Trung Nguyen said.
"I've got a three and five-year old little girl and like all children, they want to go play in the water," Logan Martin said. "Well right there is not a good idea."
It's where the water took the life of a young man.
"It's very sad that that happened right on Mother's Day weekend," Salinas said.
A judge has ordered an autopsy. Police said they believe the drowning is accidental.