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Austin man drowns, two other incidents occur on Austin-area waterways July 4th

Two life-threatening incidences occurred on Lake Travis this July 4. (Austonia)

An Austin man is dead and two others are injured or missing after three separate July 4th incidences on Austin-area waterways Monday.


Pablo Daniel Calzada Rodriguez, a 27-year-old Austin resident, drowned on Guadelupe River in New Braunfels Monday. One resident is also missing after swimming at Lake Travis, and another swimmer was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries at the lake as well.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels after first responders pulled him out of the water and attempted life-saving measures at the scene. His death willl likely be ruled an accidental drowning, according to a preliminary investigation.

On Lake Travis, another near-drowning occurred when a swimmer was underwater for about 10 minutes before being brought to shore at around 8 p.m. Monday.. EMS officials said bystanders performed CPR before Lake Travis Fire Rescue and Austin-Travis County EMS medics stepped in and found a pulse. EMS said the patient was taken to Dell Seton Medical Medical Center in "life-threatening condition."

Both teams also responded to a call at 6 p.m. on Lake Travis after a swimmer was missing in the water for about 10 minutes. Rescue crews searched for nearly an hour with no luck, and the Travis County Sheriff's Office said the "recovery operation" would be suspended at dark and return in the morning if necessary.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office was not available for comment on the morning search at the time of writing.

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