Steven George Bouton, a 50-year-old Missouri City resident, passed away yesterday at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital due to injuries he suffered Friday afternoon in a kayak drowning accident at American Legion Park.
Mr. Bouton and his teenage stepdaughter, whose name is not being released, were fishing on the lake at the Park in their orange-colored kayak when it overturned, Police and Fire officials said. Missouri City Police Officers and Firefighters were dispatched to the City park on Lexington Boulevard at about 3:51 p.m. Friday and partnered with other area first responders to successfully rescue both victims.
“Missouri City Police and Fire personnel collaborated with area colleagues to rescue the victim and his stepdaughter and we commend their heroic efforts,” said Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald and Fire Chief Russell Sander.
Arson Investigator Jared Defoore, Police Officers Eric Lewis, Shane Morris and Pete Alvarado, Stafford Fire Chief Larry DiCamillo and El Campo Paramedic Sean Dickey Wenglar were all instrumental in bringing the victims ashore and facilitating their transport to Methodist Sugar Land. Investigator Defoore and Officer Alvarado both swam out to the overturned kayak and pulled Mr. Bouton to shore where firefighters administered CPR. Mr. Bouton’s stepdaughter was brought ashore by Paramedic Wenglar.
Both victims were admitted to Methodist Sugar Land for treatment and Mr. Bouton was later pronounced dead. His stepdaughter survived the accident.
“Our Departments are saddened by Mr. Bouton’s tragic death and extend our sincere condolences to his family,” said Chiefs Fitzgerald and Sander.