New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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I drowns at Canyon Lake
By Bon Maloney
CANYON LAKE — Tragedy touched the summer’s second holiday weekend in its closing hours Monday afternoon.
A 26-year-old San Antonio man drowned after apparently stepping off an under-water ledge into deeper water.
The victim, whose name was not released Monday night, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Capt. Mark Montgomery said firefighters were told when dispatched to the park that the victim had already been under water for five
minutes — the extreme edge of the recovery window for a drowning victim in warm water.
“If it’s a drowning in freezing cold water — especially kids — studies show victims have been saved and revived up to an hour afterward. In these conditions, you have four to six minutes,” Montgomery said.
The firefighter went in the water at 6:02 p.m. and found the man about IO feet down, 75 yards from shore, he said, in IO minutes. The lake, which is several feet over its regular level due to recent rain runoff, was cloudy. Visibility, Montgomery said, was about two feet.
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Fire Capt. Mark Montgomery prepares to go in the water to search for a drown victim at Canyon Lake
Maggie (left) and Luke Ford don their American hats and light up flags and await the firework display at Landa Park
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(Above) Katharine Schwab holds her American flag high during firework festivities at Landa Park.
(Left) Danny Ford shows off the American Flag he will wave during the fireworks. (Above) twins Ashley and Alex Vela match right up to their wigs and starry antennas.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
River traffic down during Fourth of July weekend
By Ron Maloney
One of the nation’s biggest ski resort operators once said he’d rather see an inch of snow in New York City or Boston than a foot on the slopes in Maine. New Hampshire or Vermont.
There’s a reason.
That’s because, when there’s a little snow in the city, it gets people thinking about how much there must be in the mountains, and they flock to the resorts.
Local outfitters and hospitality industry officials say it was rain—in Houston and in Dallas and recent news media coverage of rain in New Braunfels — that kept thousands of tourists home to miss picture perfect tubing conditions on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers.
On the Coma! River, outfitter J. Felger reported a bleak weekend and blamed it on pre-holiday publicity about all the recent rainfall in South Central Texas.
“On Saturday, we got at least 30 phone calls from people asking when they were going to open the river back up,” Feiger said. “I’ve been telling everybody its beautiful and come on down. People see this stuff for weeks and they get concerned."
Felger pointed out this I toliday came after two rain-ruined Fourths in 2002 and 2003.
“It’s better than nothing. At least we didn't get rained out this year," Felger said. “I lopeiully, it won t rain anymore and the rest of the summer will be great.”
Al Mountain Breeze campground on River Road, Paul Rich said he saw about half the business of a normal Fourth of July.
“It was the weather. The media in I 'alias, Fort Worth and all that heard the river was
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Slow weekend for police leads to few problems
Photo courtesy of JAYNE OOHMAM
New Braunfels police had their hands full late Sunday at Gruene bridge dealing with traffic, public intoxication and fights. Officers pulled apart two men — one of them who had wrestled a policeman to the ground and held him in a hammerlock just before this photo was taken.
By Hon Maloney
A slow holiday weekend for the tourism industry also meant a relatively slow weekend for local law enforcement personnel — although, as on most weekends, things were dicey at Gruene bridge.
in Comal County, Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds reported just a typical weekend's worth of activity. Monday, no teams were even put In the Guadalupe, Reynolds said.
“We had our holiday river plan in place,” Reynolds said. “For a Fourth of July weekend, we thought it was kind of slow compared to in years past.” Arrest totals wouldn’t be tabulated until this morning, but Reynolds reported no unusual incidents.
“We saw the same problems we have every year — alcohol-related incidents and minors drinking,” Reynolds said. “But the normal traffic for a holiday weekend just wasn’t there.”
In New Braunfels, police Lt. John Villarreal reported a weekend that seemed pretty much like any other — and not the summer's busiest holiday weekend, which is what officials anticipated.
“Friday, J think we wound up with 12 arrests,” Villarreal said. “Saturday, I don't have the statistics with me, but it was relatively OK. It seemed like the normal weekend, really.” Sunday, Villarreal said, was a different story. The staffing plan was for officers who
worked tile river to shift duties at 7 p.m. and then move into traffic control positions for tire fireworks at Landa Park.
The way police handle traffic in the park is to essentially shut it down to vehicles just after 7 p.m. It didn’t quite work out that way.
“For us, Sunday was the day the bottom fell out,” Villarreal said. “We had the river duty and then we had to transition into the fireworks.”
The problem was the scene
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