Body found of boy, 14, swept away in creek
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Monday, October 15, 2012
10/15/12 at 7:39 AM
The body of a boy who was swept away in a rain-swollen creek on Saturday night was found Sunday morning, a Tulsa Fire Department spokesman said.
The body of Dario Hogan, 14, was found at 10 a.m. Sunday in Coal Creek near the 2200 block of North Fulton Avenue by a KOTV news reporter, Tim Smallwood, the department's public information officer said. Hogan was with two other teenagers in the creek on Saturday, but the pair were able to survive.
According to the National Weather Service, 2.37 inches of rain fell in Tulsa on Saturday.
"We put in a lot of man hours trying to find this young man," Smallwood said. "It was unfortunate that a life was lost. It is a tragic loss for the family."
Crews responded to 1030 N. Quaker Ave. at 8:52 p.m. for a report that three teenagers were in the creek, Smallwood said.
Two unidentified boys who were playing with Hogan at the time near the creek were able to get out. One boy pulled himself out of the creek, and the other was rescued a short time later by a stranger, Smallwood said.
First responders spent the next 12 hours searching for Hogan before his body surfaced in the creek, wedged under a tree and nearby debris, authorities said.
"A lot of people don't realize a couple of inches of moving water can move a car," said Smallwood. "Something like this is very dangerous. Hopefully this doesn't occur for a very long time."
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Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Tim Smallwood discusses the drowning death of Dario Hogan, 14, on Sunday afternoon. The teenager was swept away by floodwaters Saturday night. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World