NWLA man dies, another suffers hypothermia on ETX lake

Game wardens used their body heat to save one of them, authorities say

NWLA man dies, another suffers hypothermia on ETX lake
A Northwest Louisiana man died and another suffered hypothermia after a boating accident Saturday, Jan. 2, on Lake O' the Pines in Marion County, Texas, authorities say. (Gray TV file photo)

MARION COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) — A Northwest Louisiana man is dead and another is in a hospital as a result of a boating accident on an East Texas lake, authorities say.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens have identified the man who drowned as Deandre Felanze Marshall, of Keithville.

And game wardens Jack Pearl and Charles “Rob” Furlow Jr. are being credited with saving Keithville resident Frederick Gladney’s life.

Pearl and Furlow, who are stationed in Marion County, responded to a 911 call Saturday, Jan. 2, about a bass boat capsized on Lake O’ the Pines.

“Upon arrival, wardens located one male alive and evacuated him to waiting EMS. Wardens then returned to the water and found a male deceased floating with a life vest on,” authorities reported.

Hypothermia had set in and Gladney was in bad shape when the game wardens arrived at 7 p.m.

Pearl and Furlow pulled Gladney out of the water, got him out of his wet clothing and laid against him to shield him from the cold air and to transfer their body heat until help arrived. Two other game wardens assisted once Pearl and Furlow got to shore.

“These wardens should be commended for saving his life.”

Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens and members of the boating accident reconstruction team are investigating the cause of the accident.

Workers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will remove the boat from the lake at a later date.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families,” authorities said.

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