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Police have identified a San Marcos man who drowned in the San Marcos River on Wednesday.

Daniel Hannon, 80, was tubing near Children’s Park with his sister-in-law when she began having trouble and fell out of her tube. Hannon left his tube to assist her in getting back in her tube.

According to officials, he told her that he was already tired then attempted to swim back and get back into his own tube, which had floated to the opposite side of the river.

They were then separated by the strong current and lost sight of each other. The man’s sister-in-law and nephew waited downstream on the bridge to the island at Rio Vista Park for him for between 10 and 15 minutes before calling police at 11:14 a.m. to report him missing. 

San Marcos police officers, firefighters, park rangers and the San Marcos/Hays County EMS searched the river for him with no success.

As firefighters, medics, rangers and police continued to search the river, a man with a snorkel assisting in the search found Hannon underwater, caught in debris between the bank and a pylon of the railroad trestle crossing the San Marcos River.

A diver from the San Marcos Area Recovery Team recovered Hannon at about 12:40 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine Hannon’s exact cause of death.

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