New Braunfels Teen Swimming with Family Drowns Above Tube Chute Dam

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Youtube image of the City Tube Chute courtesy of Nomadic Gear.

A 16-year-old New Braunfels boy who was swimming with his family above City Tube Chute dam drowned Saturday.

New Braunfels police said they responded to a report of a missing person around 3 p.m. River patrol officers arrived immediately but the teenager’s body wasn’t found until 5:20 p.m. in the area just above the dam.

Bystanders pulled the drowning victim from the water, called 911 and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. He was transported to Christus New Braunfels Hospital and pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation by New Braunfels Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division indicated no signs of foul play. Alcohol was not a factor.

Detectives are investigating whether a preexisting medical condition might have contributed to the incident.

Next of kin has been notified. The teenager’s name has not been released.

On Aug. 11 New Braunfels pulled lifeguards from the tube chute three weeks early due to reduced water depth and water-clarity issues on the Comal River.

“The City Tube Chute often operates without lifeguards, in particular during the weeks before and after the normal tourism season,” an administrator posted on Facebook.

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