Authorities find body after searching for missing swimmer at Reimers Ranch Park

File photo: CBS Austin

UPDATE: The Travis Co. Sheriff's Office has located the victim's body.


A swimmer is missing and his brother is in critical condition after trying to cross the Pedernales River in west Travis County Sunday afternoon.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office says a 22-year-old man was trying to cross the river but went under. That's when witnesses say his brother swam back to help and became distressed himself.

Melissa Berry is one of many witnesses who called 911 after realizing the 22-year-old man and his brother were caught in trouble.

"The current's not strong. There's no apparent reason why this happened today," Berry said.

The first brother never resurfaced. Witnesses say the second brother was underwater for about three minutes.

"Everybody was going down as far as they could down the bank trying to see if they could locate the body," Berry said.

The surviving brother was flown to a hospital in critical condition as crews searched the surface of the water.

After 30 minutes of searching, they shifted from rescue to recovery mode.

"Once we go into recovery mode, everything we do starts to slow down, because now we have to worry about the safety of the people going out onto the water," said TCSO Senior Public Information Officer Kristen Dark.

Crews observed the water for a place to allow the dive team to search but weren't able to use them Sunday night because of safety concerns. Officials say the dive team will likely start searching beneath the water early Monday morning.

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