Fourth of July river-goers find body floating in Comal River

Fourth of July river-goers discovered a body in the Comal River.

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Fourth of July swimmers found a body in the Comal River.

The New Braunfels Police Department said around 11 a.m. Tuesday, they responded to the to the Comal River in the 300 block of South Gilbert Avenue for reports of a possible drowning. Matt Fricks, a tubing company employee, said he witnessed the chaos.

"Right after we opened up, a bunch of cars, a bunch of cop cars come through. I saw two cop cars with sirens come by here," said Fricks.

According to police, a group of river-goers saw a man in the water who was not conscious or breathing. They said first responders tried to save the man but were unsuccessful.

Police identified the victim as 29-year-old Jorge Chapa Gonzales from Baytown, Texas.

Police said no foul play is suspected, but Gonzales’ death remains under investigation pending final results of an autopsy. Fricks said Gonzales' tragic death serves as a warning.

"It's sad. That's why they always say, two to tube. Over by the tube shoot, they want two people in at a time so you're not by yourself. A lot of people are drunk out there. I'm not saying this person was, but it's a possibility," said Fricks. "We do see a lot of people come through who are more drunk than we would like. I know it's a drinking activity, too, but just in moderation."

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