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June 21st, 2010
18-year-old male drowns at Five Mile Dam Park


Local public safety officials are investigating a Sunday afternoon drowning at Dudley Johnson Park, also known as Five Mile Dam Park.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) responded to a call at approximately 4:46 p.m., when, according to the HCSO, responders learned that an 18-year-old white male had attempted to swim from the east shore of the of the Blanco River to the west shore. He was last seen going under near the west shore.

Kyle Fire Department (KFD) personnel went into the water using snorkeling gear in an attempt to locate the victim and asked for assistance from the San Marcos Area Recovery Team (SMART), which has personnel equipped with SCUBA gear.

Divers from the SMART team recovered the body about forty feet from the west bank at approximately 6:15 p.m. Hays County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Scott Cary was summoned to the scene and has ordered an autopsy in the case.

Officials said the name of the deceased will not be released until next of kin can be notified.

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0 thoughts on “18-year-old male drowns at Five Mile Dam Park

  1. The 18-year old was not white he was from Mexico. He was with his family. I know because someone from my family called 911. The rescue team needed help looking for the body so the asked to use one of my uncles kayaks and then all my uncles ended up helping look.

  2. In 2006 while I was visiting Five Mile Dam I came close to drowning while doing the same thing that this 18-year-old white male from Mexico was doing. The water was very cold, and swimming across the width of the river caused me to hyperventilate. At some point near the bank where the park is my limbs went numb, and I was no longer able to swim with them. Thankfully, I was close enough so that I could stand on the bottom, but afterward I collapsed on the bank and blacked out for about 20 minutes. After regaining my strength I began to vomit and during the next few days I had some pretty bad muscle cramps in my abdomen. That’s the last and only time I will try to swim across that River.

  3. Oh how do I remember this place from back in 1970 when I was attending SWTSU. We used to go there to party and used to jump off of a cliff just upstream of the damn. The water is very cold and we never attempted a swim all the way across. Just a jump in and a quick out. Back then it wasn’t a park as it is today. Too bad about the young man no matter what color or nationality he was.

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