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Swimming accident victim dies Monday

August 14, 2012

An Odessa woman died Monday at a Lubbock hospital from injuries sustained in a near-drowning accident at Moss Creek Lake Sunday afternoon.

Wendy Barcomb, 50, of Odessa died Monday from her injuries, said Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the Big Spring Police Department.

According to Everett, emergency responders were dispatched to Moss Creek Lake at 3:06 p.m. Sunday after Barcomb became unresponsive in the water.
“According to family members who were there at the lake with her, she had swam out toward the middle of the lake to retrieve an item,” Everett said. “However, at some point during her swim they noticed she stopped moving. At no point did they say they saw her go under the water.

“A family member began to swim out to her when a boat came along and got him and Barcomb out of the water. She was unresponsive.”

Everett said Barcomb was transported to the emergency room at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and later transferred to an unknown hospital in Lubbock.

An official with University Medical Center in Lubbock reported this morning they have no record of admittance for the Odessa woman. It's unclear at this time what hospital she was taken to.

According to Everett, there are no signs of foul play and all indications are the drowning was accidental.

“The formal declaration won't be made until the medical examiner's report is issued, but everything points to this being an accidental drowning,” Everett said. “We've closed our investigation into the matter.”

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