Body of missing swimmer in Pedernales River recovered

Travis County Sheriff's Office crews searching for a missing swimmer in the Pedernales River at Reimers Ranch Park on Sunday, July 2, 2017. (KXAN Photo)
Travis County Sheriff's Office crews searching for a missing swimmer in the Pedernales River at Reimers Ranch Park on Sunday, July 2, 2017. (KXAN Photo)

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Two brothers in their late teens or early 20s were swimming across the Pedernales River in Reimers Ranch Park in southwest Travis County Sunday afternoon when the older brother started struggling, said Kristen Dark, spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

She said that’s when his younger brother tried to swim over to help but in the process got into trouble himself. Some bystanders were able to help pull the older brother out of the water — after he had been under for two to three minutes. But they were not able to save his younger brother, who went under and never resurfaced.

“It’s not like trying to save somebody in your backyard pool,” Dark said. “It is a huge body of water. It’s not easy to see and it’s very, very deep.”

At about 4:25 p.m., STARFlight was called to the park to assist in the rescue of the brothers, said Austin Travis-County EMS. The rescued swimmer was taken by STARFlight to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical, potentially life-threatening injuries, ATCEMS said.

While emergency crews search for several hours Sunday evening, the search was called off around dusk. On Monday morning, search crews came back out and discovered his body around 11:30 a.m.

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