Streetman volunteer sinks boat after dozens of rescues

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
It seems each day that goes by reveals more Mexia groups, churches and clubs pulling together to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in whatever way they can.
One of the first people to respond, Paul Barker, of Streetman, and his crew of several other helpers rescued about 40 people in his boat before becoming victims themselves when they hit very rough water and the boat overturned and sank.
“So, Paul, Chris and two firefighters got caught up in a swift water situation,” his friend Sunay Crider posted on her Facebook account. “Long story short, the boat is sitting under 7 feet of water somewhere in Cypress. They were extracted via rope and are safe and sound. Good news is now the final number estimated that the Freestone County crew on Paul’s boat rescued was 40 men women and children, and dogs and cats. Richard McGowan got about 45 people. This is the same boat we drove down to Port Aransas and picked up Thursday night. Interesting, isn’t it, how things happen.”

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