Man’s body discovered in the Comal River on Fourth of July

The stretch of the Comal River in New Braunfels where police say a body was found on July 4, 2017. (KXAN Photo/ Alyssa Goard.
The stretch of the Comal River in New Braunfels where police say a body was found on July 4, 2017. (KXAN Photo/ Alyssa Goard.

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — A group of river-goers discovered a man’s body in the Comal River on the 4th of July.

The New Braunfels Police Department responded to the 300 block of South Gilbert Avenue just after 11 a.m. for reports of a possible drowning. Police and people in the area at the time explained that the location is directly across from the Schlitterbahn New Braunfels park, downriver from the San Antonio bridge.

When police arrived, they found that a group of river-goers had located a man in the water unconscious and not breathing. First responders attempted lifesaving measures but were unsuccessful.

The identity of the man has not been determined as of Tuesday afternoon. Although no foul play is suspected, the man’s death remains under investigation pending final results of an autopsy.

Tom Wiebert, Chief of the New Braunfels Police Department, explained that the Fourth of July is their busiest day of the year. All of his officers are working, with many of them are stationed along the river.

While police can perform river rescues and the fire department can perform swift water rescues, Wiebert said that the people who visit the river need to be aware of things they can do to make their trip safer.

“It is a good time and we want people to come here, but it is still a river and sometimes bad things can happen on a river,” Wiebert said. “The thing is we want to make sure that everyone is safe and part of that responsibility lies with the people who come here.”

Primarily, Wiebert wants the public to remember to bring flotation devices, watch their intoxication level and avoid swimming alone.

“There are times we find someone who is passed out floating down in their tube and they have no idea where they’re at,” Weibert said.

Wiebert explained that as of Tuesday afternoon the department is still gathering facts about the drowning.

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