According to release from the New Braunfels Police Department, a San Antonio man passed away Sunday evening (May 6th) after a drowning accident while tubing the Comal River.

Just before 6:30 P.M., members of both the New Braunfels Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported drowning behind 90 Comal Circle.  Tubers from San Antonio, became partially separated from one of their group as they floated the river. A 36-year-old male last seen next to his tube went missing and was thought to have gone underwater without resurfacing.

Divers from the Fire Department located the male underwater and began life-saving efforts. The male was transported to Christus New Braunfels via ambulance, but did not show signs of life. He was declared deceased at 7:01 PM. The deceased has been identified as James Flores of San Antonio.

The Comal River is about 2.5 miles long and its depth ranges from nearly 3 feet to 10 feet.  Although the 1-2 hour tube ride on the river is considered leisurely, due to the varying depths and a few fast water chutes, weak swimmers are encourage to wear life vests.