Texas mom drowns in Toledo Bend Lake

Texas mom drowns in Toledo Bend Lake

A Texas mom is dead after playing in the Sabine River near Many with her son yesterday.

Sabine Parish officials say 32-year-old Meagan Cato, of Hemphill, Texas, and her 8-year-old son went into the water near the Sabine River Authority recreational site, near La. 6 and Pendleton Bridge.

The mom jumped off a fishing pier into the water, and her son jumped toward her to be caught.

Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers says when Cato used both arms to keep her son above water, she began going underwater.

Her son made it to the shore, but Cato went under and never resurfaced.

People at the pier were able to pull her out after several minutes and start CPR, but she was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Neither were wearing life vests.

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