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NEW BRAUNFELS — A tuber who became caught in an undertow near the Mill Street dam on the Guadalupe River last week died of her injuries on Tuesday in a New Braunfels hospital.

Brittnie Kay Lee, a 26-year-old Universal City resident, was unconscious when police officers and firefighters pulled her from the water near the Business 35 North bridge in the late afternoon of Monday, June 1, said David Ferguson, the New Braunfels police spokesperson. She was taken by New Braunfels EMS to Resolute Health Hospital where she was listed in critical condition; she was pronounced dead at about 6:45 p.m. June 9.

Lee and a group of six others entered the Comal River at Hinman Island on private tubes and floated past the last public exit into the Comal’s confluence with the Guadalupe River, Ferguson said. At the Mill Street dam, others in the group were able to negotiate the turbulent water but Lee became trapped in the hydraulic, Ferguson said.

On Wednesday, the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels was still flowing at more than 5,000 cubic feet per second because of the release of water from Canyon Lake upstream and from runoff from recent rains. Tubing is prohibited on the Guadalupe River within the city limits when the river is flowing at more than 1,000 cubic feet per second.

COVER: The Elliot Knox bridge over the Guadalupe River in San Marcos. PHOTO via FLICKR. SAN MARCOS MERCURY GRAPHIC by BRAD ROLLINS.

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