A 21-year-old soldier from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, identified as PV2 Shad Edward Sheffie, drowned in Lake Belton at Morgan’s Point Resort. The incident occurred while Sheffie was swimming with friends and went underwater in an area approximately 29 feet deep. Recovery efforts were hindered by low water visibility, but the body was eventually recovered and Sheffie was pronounced dead on the scene. PV2 Sheffie served in the U.S. Army since 2021 and was described as a cherished member of his team. Roland Richter reported
Morgans Point Resort, Tx (FOX 44) – A 21-year-old soldier from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, identified as PV2 Shad Edward Sheffie, belonging to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, tragically drowned in Lake Belton at Morgan’s Point Resort. The incident occurred near Oakmont Park in Morgan’s Point Resort on Belton Lake, prompting a swift response from various authorities, including the Morgan’s Point Resort Police Department, Morgan’s Point Resort Fire-Rescue, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, and AMR Emergency Medical Services. The Morgan’s Point Resort Dive Team arrived at the scene to commence recovery efforts.
According to witnesses, the victim was swimming with friends when he submerged underwater while the group was returning to the shore. The area where this occurred was later determined to be approximately 29 feet deep and about 39 feet away from the shoreline. Due to low lake levels, the area was filled with dense underwater brush, making it difficult to locate the victim despite rescue attempts by the witnesses.
The recovery efforts by the Morgan’s Point Resort Dive Team had to be temporarily suspended on August 3 at around 10:44 p.m. due to poor water visibility. The operations resumed the next day at 9:03 a.m., and the body was successfully recovered at 9:23 a.m. Unfortunately, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
PV2 Sheffie, who had been serving in the U.S. Army since 2021, was originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As an 11B infantryman, he was a valued member of the team and his sudden and tragic loss has deeply saddened his comrades. Lt. Col. Widmar Roman, commander of the 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, expressed his condolences and mentioned that they are providing support to the family during this difficult time. The local community has also extended their support throughout this tragic incident..