New Mexico Man Drowns Near New Braunfels Tube Chute
A 62-year-old man from Farmington, New Mexico, drowned today near the New Braunfels Tube Chute on the Comal River.
In a statement, New Braunfels police said at approximately 3:15 p.m. they responded to a report of a man who had gone under the water and did not immediately resurface.
Officers and paramedics arrived to find that lifeguards and citizens had pulled Albert L. Aranda from the water. Lifeguards performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
Aranda was transported to Christus Santa Rosa-New Braunfels, where he was pronounced dead.
Next of kin has been notified, and Comal County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Rust ordered an autopsy.
The man’s death is being investigated as an accidental drowning, pending the results of the autopsy.
Due to the strong current in and around the chute, it is recommended that weak swimmers wear lifejackets to help keep them safe, according to information on a City of New Braunfels website. Shoes are also recommended as rocks and broken glass in the river can easily cut bare feet.