Victims in fatal accident at shrimp basin identified

Victims in fatal accident at shrimp basin identified
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POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:26pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:27pm

Cranes were brought in Thursday night to pull up a black SUV that submerged 20 feet into the Brownsville Shrimp Basin, after somehow it was driven into the water.
Six people were inside, and five people could not get out in time, and died.
Port of Brownsville police say their bodies were found toward the back of the SUV.

"I saw the trunk of the car go into the water, it was already going in, and we were actually right here, and turned around, and said what is going on."said witness and fisherman Jesse Galvan.

The victims are identified as 56 year old Captain Juan Morales, 29 year old Juana Alvarez,10 year old Jesse Alvarez, 7 year old Emily Espino, and 4 year old Joe Alvarez.
Port of Brownsville police say they the three children belonged to Juana Alvarez.
At this time, police say they don't know the relationship between Morales and Alvarez, and they are unsure who owned the vehicle.

The port of Brownsville police chief says there was one survivor, a 14 year old girl. She was able to escape the vehicle that was submerged in the water with the help of a fisherman who jumped in.

"We did see a guy pulling a little girl out of the water, there were a lot of people there, but the only one guy just jumped in the water, and we saw he was dragging the little girl out."said Galvan.

Port of Brownsville police chief Carlos Garcia says law enforcement is working to determine the cause of the tragedy.

"At this point you have to investigate it as a crime until you prove otherwise.”
"We are working closely with the Cameron County Sheriff's investigators. They have taken the lead into this investigation to determine who was driving, what caused the accident, what or who caused the vehicle to go into the water." said Garcia

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