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    Unhappy Off Duty Brother Drowns

    May our fallen brother rest in eternal peace!

    AUSTIN (AP) - An off-duty firefighter kayaking on rain-swollen
    Barton Creek died after he was caught in a strong current and swept
    downstream.
    Residents in the Barton Creek Greenbelt area began calling 911
    on cell phones Wednesday afternoon to report a man appeared to be
    in distress in the heavy current.
    A StarFlight helicopter crew spotted the body of Rob Horne about
    5 p.m. Horne is one of seven people who have died in heavy rains
    and associated flooding since heavy rains hit the region Sunday.
    A 14-year veteran of the Fire Department, Horne was wearing a
    life jacket and a helmet, officials said. Special Operations Chief
    Greg Nye said the body was found on an embankment, but authorities
    didn't know if Horne was alive when he reached it.
    The first death from the storm, on Sunday, also occurred at
    Barton Creek.
    "This just emphasizes how dangerous these waters are," Fire
    Department Lt. Palmer Buck told the Austin American-Statesman in
    Thursday's editions. "People are wanting to try their skills out,
    and they're being overwhelmed."
    During the body recovery, two other kayakers became trapped in a
    whirlpool in the same area, said Buck. The boaters were able to get
    to the creek bank, where rescuers led them to the nearest road.

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    How tragic. My prayers are with his family and with the brothers he left behind. Rest in peace, brother.
    Jen, EMT-B
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    "I love mankind--it's people I can't stand" --Linus

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