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New Mexico man dies after going underwater on the Comal River | Community Alert

The first drowning on the Comal River this season occurred Friday, when a 62-year-old New Mexico man went under near the city Tube Chute and did not immediately resurface, police said.

David Ferguson, city communications coordinator, said New Braunfels police and fire units arrived on the scene around 3:15 pm

“Officers arrived to find that lifeguards and citizens had pulled the man from the water and lifeguards performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived on the scene,” Ferguson said. “The man was then transported to Christ Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels where he was later pronounced deceased.”

Ferguson said the victim, 62-year old Albert L. Aranda from Farmington, New Mexico, was pronounced dead and his next of kin has been notified. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Rust has ordered an autopsy.

No further details were available Friday evening. Pending the results of the autopsy, the man’s death is being investigated as an accidental drowning.

Aranda is the first death on the Comal since May 30, 2020, when Devon Walton, 22, of Houston, died while tubing with friends. Four have drowned on Canyon Lake this season, the latest being Joel Jijo, 22, of Houston, who was not wearing a lifejacket when he disappeared while swimming on May 29. His body was recovered on June 1.

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