“Tragic Hunting Accident Claims Lives of Delvys Garcia, Denise Martinez, and Noel Vigil-Benitez”

By | August 10, 2023



Three people and a dog died in a tragic accident after falling into a hole in a Texas cornfield. The incident occurred when one of the dogs fell into a cistern filled with hydrogen sulfide gas. The victims, who were visiting from Florida, attempted to rescue the dog but were unable to reach the opening. The bodies were recovered after the water and fumes were cleared from the cistern. The investigation is ongoing to verify the details of the hunting accident. David Matthews reported

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Three individuals were discovered deceased on Wednesday after accidentally falling into a cavity within a cornfield in Texas. The incident unfolded when officials from the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office promptly responded to a distress call reporting that individuals were trapped in a hole during the early hours of Wednesday morning. It was reported that these individuals were engaged in hog hunting alongside their dogs prior to the unfortunate incident.

The incident occurred when one of the dogs inadvertently fell into a rainwater collection cistern, which had become contaminated with hydrogen sulfide gas. In an attempt to rescue the dog, one member of the hunting party descended into the cistern. Subsequently, two other individuals followed suit, potentially aiming to rescue the initial person. Meanwhile, a fourth member of the party sought assistance and contacted emergency services.

Regrettably, the water level within the cistern was situated eight feet below ground level, rendering it impossible for any of the three individuals or the dog to reach the opening. Consequently, all three individuals, along with the canine companion, were fatally poisoned by the highly toxic gas.

The victims have been identified as Delvys Garcia, aged 37, Denise Martinez, aged 26, and Noel Vigil-Benitez, aged 45. These individuals were visiting Texas from Florida and were staying with an acquaintance in Red Rock.


During a press conference, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook described the incident as a tragic hunting accident. He expressed his condolences to the families, stating, “It’s a devastating outcome for these young individuals… Our thoughts are with their loved ones. Can you fathom the grief if your family members came here to hunt in Texas and it culminated in such a manner?”

The bodies of the three victims, as well as the dog, were recovered later that evening, following the clearance of water and noxious fumes from the cistern. A deputy, equipped with protective gear, was lowered into the cavity for the retrieval.

Sheriff Cook emphasized that the investigation is still ongoing and the details of the hunting excursion need to be verified thoroughly..