19-year-old dies after backflip into San Marcos River

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Emergency fire and police lights - generic / file (KXAN Photo)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A 19-year-old is dead after he hit his head while doing a backflip into the water at Stokes Park in San Marcos Saturday.

Witnesses say Michael Hughes, of New Braunfels, was performing backflips into the San Marcos River around 5 p.m. when during one of his flips, he hit his head, went under water and didn’t resurface.

Hughes was taken to a nearby hospital, but he died a short time later.

Stokes Park is a 6-acre park owned by Texas Parks and Wildlife but maintained by the city of San Marcos.

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