• Texas sheriff says 3 hog hunters from Florida died in an underground ta

    From Shoot the dog, stupid@21:1/5 to All on Thu Aug 10 23:33:17 2023
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    AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas sheriff said Thursday that three hog hunters from Florida died in an underground tank filled with sewer gas after one of
    them apparently tried rescuing their dog after it fell into the hole,
    followed by the other two jumping in to save them.

    The bodies of two men and a woman, as well as the dog, were pulled from
    the tank in a cornfield on the rural outskirts of Austin. Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said the hole was a cistern with an opening roughly 4
    feet (1.2 meters) wide and containing 8 feet (2.4 meters) of water, as
    well as hydrogen sulfide gas.

    He said the chain of events started early Wednesday in the middle of the
    night with one of the men apparently getting into the cistern to rescue
    the dog, which he described as a bloodhound. Clothing and boots belonging
    to the other two hunters were found near the hole, suggesting they removed
    them before also jumping in, Cook said.

    He said authorities believe the hunters were overcome by hydrogen sulfide
    gas in the hole and sank to the bottom.

    “There was no cover. This was just an open hole in the middle of a
    cornfield," Cook said.

    The victims were identified as Delvys Garcia, 37; Denise Martinez, 26; and
    Noel Vigil-Benitez, 45. All were from Florida.

    Cook said the cistern had a “high level” of hydrogen sulfide. He said stagnating water and the decay of other animals that previously died in
    the cistern could create levels that would be deadly.

    The hunting party included a fourth person, from Texas, who did not go
    into the hole. Cook said that hunter told authorities the dog escaped from their truck and that they tracked it using a device on the dog's collar.

    Efforts to recover the bodies were hampered by concerns from dive teams
    about the gas and the integrity of the structure's walls, he said. The
    tank had “strong fumes, similar to those of a septic tank, coming from the cistern," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/texas-sheriff-3-hog-hunters-florida- died-underground-102172895

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