A 29-year-old Cleburne man drowned in a stock tank on Wednesday while he was attempting to save a drowning calf.
Rescue workers responded about 1:30 p.m. to South Brazos Avenue near Edgewood Lane for recovery efforts of a drowned man.
Cleburne Fire Department Chief Keith Scarbrough said the man — who was identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as Coyote Renner — was working cattle on the property when a calf got into the pond and began struggling.
Witnesses at the scene told rescue workers Renner saw the calf and attempted to rescue it.
Stock tanks are man-made ponds ranchers use for watering livestock.
Although the pond was shallow, Cleburne Assistant Police Chief Amy Knoll said the center was muddy, which is what prevented Renner from being able to reach the surface for air.
“We have officers with his family right now,” she said. “It is very, very sad.”
Knoll said Renner lived in Cleburne outside of city limits, but has not lived in the area long.
Officials at the scene said the calf did survive the incident.