Starett Burk, Spencer Hall, Chris Ruckman Die in Matagorda Bay, TX, Drowning Accident
Matagorda Bay, TX -- January 7, 2017, authorities located the remains of Starett Burk, Spencer Hall, and Chris Ruckman after a drowning accident in Matagorda Bay.
Coast Guard authorities located the three victims around noon on January 7. The victims were identified as 25-year-old Burk, 19-year-old Hall, and 18-year-old Ruckman.
Preliminary reports indicate that the three men went on a duck hunting trip at about 4:00 a.m. Friday morning. They set off just off of County Road 312, east of Port Alto. Relatives noticed that the men had been gone for several hours longer that they were supposed to be with no contact. They called emergency services to search for the missing men.
Coast Guard and other emergency crews located the remains the next day. All were pronounced dead due to drowning. Initial investigations indicate that their 17-foot flat-bottomed boat somehow capsized, putting them into the water. Details beyond this have not been specified.
At this time, authorities continue to investigate the accident. No further information is currently available.
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