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Orange County divers recover boat from fatal accident

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014, 12:24 AM CDT
ORANGE COUNTY - by Haley Bull

Texas Game Wardens are investigating a fatal boating accident in Orange County that left a 10-year old girl dead and her 7-year old sister in the hospital. Sunday morning, divers and emergency workers recovered the boat as family and neighbors looked on.

Investigators said Andy Borel, 40, was driving the boat. When severe weather struck, he hit the dock and lost control, ejecting him and his two young daughters around 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the Sabine River near the end of West Bluff Road in Orange.

"Two of the victims were recovered, however there was still one missing," Lt. Dru Crochet with Orange County Emergency Service District 3 said.

Emergency workers said Borel was okay. First responders took Anna Borel, 7, to a hospital in Orange with serious injuries to her hand and leg. A medical helicopter later took her to a Houston hospital.

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office said she is in stable condition and recovering from surgery.

Emergency workers found her sister, Janae Borel, 10, underwater near the boat. Investigators said the boat had trapped her. First responders took her to a hospital in Orange where she was pronounced dead.

"She was a special little girl. She would do anything for anybody and loved being on this river. You know, it's where she was born and raised," Martha Walker, a neighbor and family friend, said. "They say the river giveth and the river taketh."

Walker watched Sunday morning as divers spent hours pulling the boat out of the water.

"It's bad if it could have been anybody, but when it's somebody that you know and somebody that you love and care for then it's really bad. It shouldn't happen to anybody," Walker said.

A judge has ordered an autopsy on the 10-year-old girl.
Orange County divers recover boat from fatal accident

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