Felicia Frazar

The Seguin Gazette

The body of a 26-year-old man was recovered from the San Marcos River on Sunday morning after reportedly disappearing while tubing Saturday evening.

The Caldwell County and Guadalupe County sheriff’s offices were notified about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, that a tuber went missing while in the San Marcos river, according to a press release from Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Joann Garza-Mayberry.

“According to witnesses, the subject was tubing the San Marcos River when he left his tube to swim after a tube that had drifted away from his group,” she said. “While swimming toward the lost tube, the victim began to struggle in the water.”

Because of the large amount of tubers floating at the time, the victim — later identified as Ryan Hyman of Redondo, California, a current Austin resident — and the group he was with were separated.

Other people who saw Hyman struggle tried to help, Garza-Mayberry said.

“However, two bystanders who also observed the victim struggling in the water jumped in the water to attempt to reach him,” she said. “The two bystanders were unable to reach him before he disappeared into the water.”

Authorities began to investigate the incident talking to people at the potential take-outs and searched the area to see if they could locate Hyman, but they halted the search until the next morning, Garza-Mayberry said.

The next morning, game wardens, South Hays Fire Department Dive Team members and Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office deputies resumed the search for Hyman, recovering his body from the last place he was seen near the Texas State Tubes take-out, Garza-Mayberry said.

Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Robert Murphy said the deputies assisted in the search and are investigating the incident.

“We have no evidence that this was anything more than a terrible, tragic accident,” he said.

An autopsy has been ordered, and the cause of death, while appearing accidental, is under investigation.

Garza-Mayberry warned that with increasing summer heat, overcrowding on the river and dehydration can become issues, and encouraged residents to float the river with caution.

“As tubing on the San Marcos River becomes more popular every year, so do the dangers of overcrowding on the river, in addition to natural hazards like rushing rapids, swift currents and river eddies,” she said. “We ask that all river-goers be aware of their surroundings, stay hydrated and consume alcohol in moderation to avoid the numerous risks present on the river.”

Felicia Frazar is the managing editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at felicia.frazar@seguingazette.com .

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