Missing swimmer found in Guadalupe River
Victim identified as Rogelio Rodriguez of Gonzales
The body of a 35-year-old Gonzales man who disappeared in the Guadalupe River was discovered Monday.
Divers at 9 a.m. found the body of Rogelio Rodriguez near FM 1117 in Seguin not far from where he was reported missing.
"He could have fallen off his (inner) tube, didn't know if he could swim," said Seguin Fire Chief Scott Mycue. "We're not sure at this point."
Four other people, including three women, were pulled to safety after rescue crews found them clinging to tree branches, said Mycue said.
"There is an area here that you can swim in, shallow, and then of course it drops off very deep," Mycue said. "There were inner tubes out there they were floating on. Somehow they became dislodged from them."
Joshua White, who rushed to the banks of the river when he heard the news Sunday, said that people don't know the area very well, and that makes a dangerous river more dangerous.
"It's typical back country," White said. "People, it's mainly for fishing, this is not for swimming."
White believes the recent alcohol restrictions upstream may be contributing to rural areas becoming more populated. New Braunfels city leaders instituted a can ban on the Guadalupe River in the city limits. White thinks it could be turning recreational users of the river toward more remote locations like where the drowning occurred.
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