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Fort Worth man drowns in creek near Kennedale

FORT WORTH -- A 21-year-old Fort Worth man drowned Saturday after jumping into a murky creek south of Interstate 20 near Kennedale, police and fire officials said.

A Fort Worth dive team pulled Curtis Reeder from Village Creek east of the intersection of Anglin Drive and Everman Kennedale Burleson Road.

Emergency officials at the scene said Reeder was stuck in the mud. Another swimmer called 911 about 2:20 p.m. saying that a man was under the water for about 10 minutes.

"One diver located the man and they put a backboard under him and started CPR," Fort Worth Fire Lt. Kent Worley said.

Paramedics attempted to revive Reeder. He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's Web site.

Witnesses said Reeder jumped into the creek from a rope, which was tied to a tree overhanging the creekbed embankment.

"I saw him jump off the rope swing and never come back up," said Alex Durocher, 18, of Arlington. Durocher said that Reeder was with friends and that alcohol may have been involved. "I didn't think they should have let him jump off the swing."

Durocher, who said he works as a lifeguard at a YMCA, said several people tried to find the man after he did not surface.

"There were three lifeguards in the water and we couldn't find him," Durocher said. Another witness said the man was drinking beer with some friends and sitting on a sandbar in the creek.

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