HSU Freshman Missing After Boating Accident

HSU Freshman Missing After Boating Accident

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

UPDATED March 15, 2011Our missing student, Kiefer Holman, had still not been found as of 8p last night. Garry Collins, who is leading the search and recovery effort for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, reported last night that despite dredging, sonar, and divers, there is still no sign of Holman. Collins said strong winds on Lake Ray Hubbard are increasing the difficulty of the search, however they have been concentrating their efforts so far in the same area of the lake where the boat capsized. Searchers ended their search at 8p with plans to start again this morning.{{more}}A Hardin-Simmons University freshman is still missing this morning after a boating accident this weekend near his hometown of Mesquite, TX. Kiefer Holman was in a canoe with two other teens when their boat capsized, throwing him into the water. The others were able to swim to shore.Divers searched Lake Ray Hubbard Sunday afternoon and used a sonar device to search for Holman who disappeared in the water on Saturday. Searchers say high winds make it difficult to search and blamed high winds as the probable cause of the accident.Friends and family of Holman stood on the shore of the lake as a helicopter and boats from Dallas police and Texas Parks and Wildlife scanned the water.Holman, a freshman and a soccer player at HSU, had returned home for spring break. He and friends Chris Dalrymple and Traci Cooper were apparently trying to get back to shore, about 150 yards away, when they lost control of the craft, according to Captain Gary Collins of Texas Parks and Wildlife.Cooper and Dalrymple were back at the lake on Sunday, showing divers where they turned over in the water.Holman graduated from Mesquite Poteet High School and was a first string all-district soccer player while there.Holman has lived in Nix Residence Hall since he started last fall. Caleb Steed, the dorm director at Nix says, “Kiefer was a great student in the dorm and a very Godly and respectful student. He was always eager to talk about his faith and was the kind of student who was loved by anyone who had a class or a conversation with him.”Men’s Head Soccer coach Dan Heger says Kiefer is one of those students that is just a great kid. “He was doing some preaching at some of the smaller churches and told me was feeling a calling to study ministry. He was sort of in a transition about trying to decide if he wanted to major in Bible and go on to seminary. Kiefer and his family are just good people, we need to pray for them, that they will find some peace.”The search and dive teams are out again today looking for Holman.