OHP dive team finds drowning victims in LeFlore County

The dad brought up to a pond north of Cameron, Okla. late Wednesday afternoon. The car slipped into equipment and entered into the pond with his child still within.

CAMERON, Okla. — Scuba divers discovered the bodies of 2 drowning victims, a daddy and his child, Wednesday (March 3) night in a LeFlore County pond.

The victims have actually been determined as 76-year-old Billie Carpenter and his child, 43-year-old Auraha Pipkins, both of Cameron, Okla.

Authorities stated Carpenter and Pipkins brought up to a personal pond north of Cameron late Wednesday afternoon.

The car slipped into equipment when Carpenter left the car and entered into the water.

Carpenter then dove in to conserve his child who was still in the car, and neither resurfaced.

Another member of the family leapt in to assist however didn’t make it in time. 

911 got a call around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, and numerous firms headed out to the land in hopes of saving the dad and child.

Sadly, the 2 didn’t make it, and the bodies were pulled from the water a couple of hours later on Wednesday night.

LeFlore County Constable Rodney Derryberry stated among the victims was discovered in the car, the other was discovered near it.

It was a catastrophe for everybody included, consisting of very first responders, due to the fact that the victims have household in police.

Constable Derryberry spoke with 5NEWS about the disaster and the toll it’s handling the entire neighborhood.

He stated among the very best parts of residing in a village is understanding everybody, however in circumstances like this, it makes it 10 times harder, particularly on police and others who reacted to the mishap.

Derryberry stated the occurrence is still under examination however thought to be a mishap.

“Anytime you have family members or someone that’s lost in the blink of an eye, it changes everyone’s life. It affects the family, the responders and the people on the scene, so it’s big it’s a loss,” said Derryberry. “You have to talk to people, pray and be there for one another.”

The LeFlore County Constable’s Workplace is mourning with police members who lost household the other day and supporting them.

This is an establishing story. Please inspect back for updates.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.