Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens had a busy Memorial Day weekend investigating seven drowning deaths and another four boating-related fatalities.
The department is calling it one of the deadliest Memorial Day weekends on record.
Along with the four boating-related fatalities, wardens also responded to 21 non-fatal boating accidents, including one on Sam Rayburn Reservoir that included a warden thrown from his boat.
According to reports, Warden Henry Alvarado was thrown from his boat after it hit a wave, and was injured when the turning propeller hit his leg.
Additionally, game wardens issued hundreds of water safety citations and made numerous arrests, including 31 persons for boating while intoxicated, seven for driving while intoxicated, 14 for public intoxication and 36 on various drug-related offenses.
“Texas game wardens will remember this Memorial Day weekend for years to come,” said Lt. Col. Danny Shaw, Deputy Director of Law Enforcement for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “Tragically, this was one of the deadliest three-day holidays in recent memory.”
Landowner Field Day Set
Texas Parks and Wildlife is hosting a free workshop for Northeast Texas landowners on Saturday at Tyler State Park.
This is a great opportunity for private landowners to meet with habitat experts, see examples of best management practices for forest, woodland and prairie habitats and learn about programs that are available to assist landowners.
Representatives from Texas Forest Service, Acorn Forestry and Texas Parks and Wildlife State Parks and Wildlife divisions will speak on topics including promoting healthy forests, prescribed fire, firewise landscaping, prairie restoration, wildlife management and wildlife and timber tax exemptions. The East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation and the Native Plant Society of Texas are generously sponsoring the event.
The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided to workshop participants. Participants must pre-register for the event by contacting Tyler State Park at (903)597-5338 or by email casey.hei firstname.lastname@example.org.