San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

May 27th, 2008
Officers, park rangers rescue drowning boy at Rio Vista Falls

From the city of San Marcos

A San Marcos police officer and two park rangers resuscitated a drowning victim at Rio Vista Falls who was then airlifted to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

Police officer Sam Myers was flagged down by a bystander about 1:52 p.m. Sunday to come to the aid of an 18-year-old Houston youth who had been pulled from the San Marcos River near Rio Vista Falls.

The teen was unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse, according to Ken Bell, the city marshal and emergency management coordinator. Myers called for additional resources and began chest compression CPR on the youth. Park Rangers/ Paramedics William Schwall and Katie Fontenot arrived moments later with special airway medical equipment and assisted in the resuscitation.

The victim was revived on the bank within two minutes and was transported by San Marcos-Hays County EMS to an area near Children’s Park where he was taken by Air Evac helicopter to Brackenridge for treatment of injuries.

The victim had been swimming with his family in the area of Rio Vista Falls since early Sunday morning. Witnesses told police that the youth had been diving in the area and then was seen floating in the current until he was pulled out of the river. Other witnesses claimed the teen was also struck by a kayak.
Officials said the youth appeared to have suffered traumatic injuries. Air Evac began transporting him to Dell Children’s Center and then was directed to Brackenridge Hospital.

In all, 20 emergency response personnel responded to the scene from five agencies.

Sunday was the busiest day at Rio Vista Falls in memory, with thousands of people swimming, tubing, kayaking and picnicking at the parks during the Memorial Day weekend.

— MELISSA MILLECAM

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