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COVER: Arindam Goswami, 30, with his canoe, “Sikandar.” PHOTO VIA FACEBOOK

by BRAD ROLLINS

MARTINDALE — A 30-year-old Austin man training for the Texas Water Safari drowned Sunday afternoon in the rain-swollen San Marcos River near the Martindale Dam.

martindale news logo 250px iconDivers recovered the man’s body at about 6:40 p.m., a little more than two hours after he disappeared beneath the swift current. The Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning.

Authorities did not immediately name the victim, but friends identified him on social media as Arindam Goswami, a software engineer at National Instruments Corp. who earned a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Goswami “fell and drown in the San Marcos River despite all my efforts to save him,” a friend wrote this morning on Facebook.

Under a cover photo of an Alumacraft canoe he had christened “Sikandar,” Goswami’s online profile is dominated primarily by a chronicle of his efforts to prepare for the grueling 260-mile Texas Water Safari. In January, Goswami and his paddling partner completed a 37-mile trek from Gonzales to Hocheim on the Guadalupe River; earlier this month, they completed a 26.5-mile stretch between Cuero and Nursery.

When Goswami proudly posted a photo of his new canoe in September, a friend replied with a quote from Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man in the Sea”: “He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach.”

Although it had slowed considerably in the preceding two days, the river was flowing faster than normal at the time Goswami drowned, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.

At 4:30 p.m. April 26, the San Marcos River was moving through Martindale at a rate of 264 cubic feet per second, less than half of the weekend peak but still 14 percent more than last week’s median streamflow of 231 cfs.

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CLARIFICATION 5:23 p.m. APRIL 28: This story and its headline originally identified Goswami, inexactly, as an engineer. He was employed as a software engineer.

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