Two young children and their uncle died Sunday after being swept up in a Houston bayou, according to police.
Authorities told NBC station KPRC the two children — a 5-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy — were pulled away from the shore by fierce waters during a family fishing trip along Sims Bayou in Houston.
The family told the station the kids’ uncle then leaped in the water to rescue his niece and nephew, but he too was overwhelmed by the water.
At least one bystander pulled the children from the stream and started performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but they died a short time later at a local hospital, according to KPRC.
The uncle apparently got swept up in the stream and did not immediately resurface. Rescuers two hours later recovered his body and pronounced him dead at the scene, according to KPRC.
The identities of the victims have not been released.
Capt. Ruy Lozano of the Houston Police Department told KPRC that visitors to the Sims Bayou should be cautious around the stream’s tempestuous currents.
“It’s something that might seem like a lazy current, but once you get in there, it’s actually stronger than expected. The other part is at the bottom of it, it’s very marshy, almost like quicksand. You can easily get stuck, which can make you start sinking. Once you get to that point, it will be difficult to pull yourself out,” Lozano said.