Wades Out Into Bear Creek After Ducks Going In Over His Depth
While attempting to ford Bear Creek in order that he might retrieve a number of ducks which he had just shot, Glenn Brodt, a machinist employed at the Central Garage was accidently drowned Sunday afternoon.
In company with Mrs. Alice Veit, Brodt motored from Lompoc early Sunday morning and, after spending a few hours at Surf, fishing continued on to Bear Creek where he expected to spend the rest of the day duck hunting. Several shots were fired after the arrival of the hunters and the last volley fired brought Brodt and his companion nine ducks. These fell near the center of the creek and divesting himself of his upper garments, Brodt started to wade after his spoils. A barb wire fence is strung across the center of the creek. This is almost wholly covered by the water at present and at the point where Brodt lost his life, is totally invisible.
Alexander Oliveras, who was working at the ranch house near the scene of the accident, saw Brodt fall face downward into the water and splash about. Thinking that the young man was but playing, he paid no attention to Brodt’s actions but kept his eye on the ducks which were floating on the surface of the water a fee feet from where Brodt was lying. After an interval of a few seconds he heard Brodt shout, “Help, Help,” and Oliveras saw him go down out of sight in the moss and water. Rushing to the creek he attempted to go to Brodt’s aid but was forced back because of the depth of the water. Together with Mrs. Veit he tried to get a large limb to Brodt’s reach, but was unsuccessful. Oliveras then went to Surf and secured the aid of a party of fishermen who returned with him to the creek.
Dr. Heiges, Constable Bland and W. A. Lewis were summoned but when the physician arrived at the scene, the body had not yet been recovered. With the aid of grappling hooks, Gus Lindquist and Ernest Phoenix managed to extricate the body from its watery grave. Brodt had then been in the water for more than three hours and nothing could be done to rescusitate [sic] him. His body was wrapped in an automobile cover sheet and brought to Long’s Undertaking Parlors in Constable Bland’s machine.
An inquest was held Monday morning and after viewing the remains, and examining a number of witnesses, the coroner’s jury brought in a verdict of accidental drowning.
Brodt is survived by his father and mother who live in Michigan. His parents were immediately notified of their son’s untimely death and Monday morning a telegram was received from the senior Mr. Brodt that he would leave immediately for Lompoc to claim his son’s body. Mr. Brodt arrived here this afternoon and leaves with the body tomorrow
Source: Lompoc Journal, October 20, 1916.