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Diver dies during search effort in Fort Hood

Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue.
Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services personnel and 89th Military Police Brigade Soldiers respond to a Clear Creek high-water rescue site off Turkey Run Road where ongoing swift-water rescue efforts continue.

FORT HOOD, Texas – A diver who was part of a search team in Fort Hood died after being extracted from House Creek on Saturday.

The diver was part of a more than 70-person rescue team that was dispatched to the area after a person in a vehicle was swept into Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services requested additional assistance around 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a diver in distress, officials said. The diver was found and taken to an area hospital.

"We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the diver's family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time," Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, said. "We are grateful to everyone who has participated in this operation over the past six days, especially our local and regional partners assisting in the search."

Officials said a separate investigation will be conducted.

Officials said they would not release any other information until a review of the circumstances surrounding the incident is complete.

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