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

April 25th, 2011
Drowning child rescued from San Marcos River

SUBMITTED REPORT

A bystander, San Marcos Park Rangers and San Marcos Firefighters pulled a four year old boy from the San Marcos River at about 4 p.m. Sunday and resuscitated him after a near drowning.

The child, who was not identified, was found unconscious and not breathing in the river near Rio Vista Park by an unidentified bystander, Park Ranger Supervisor Will Schwall said.

The bystander pulled the child from the river and began CPR. City of San Marcos park rangers and firefighters, who were also on scene during the busy Easter afternoon, were at his side in about 30 seconds where they helped revive him.

The child was transferred to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin for observation and was later released.

San Marcos police are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

There are no lifeguards along the San Marcos River and river users are urged to use caution as the summer season begins.

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