Rescue crews spend hours trying to reach man who got into trouble in San Antonio river

Man suffered only minor cuts to feet, police say

SAN ANTONIO – A man is back on dry land after spending the night trapped along the banks of the San Antonio river.

Rescue crews found the 22-year-old in a rugged area, not far from Interstate 37 and Loop 1604 on the city’s far Southeast Side.

San Antonio police say that man had been with a group of friends who went to the river late Wednesday night.

They say he and another man wandered off on their own to wade in the water and fish, but they got lost.

The rest of the group later became concerned when the pair didn’t return and called for help.

At some point, police say, one man found his way back to the group and told rescuers where to find the other man, who was too exhausted to climb out of the rugged area on his own.

Firefighters launched a boat, then police directed them to the man from their helicopter overhead.

After they rescued him, crews struggled to find a place along the river where they could exit with their boat.

Police say they planned to use an area along a private farm.

They say the man suffered only minor cuts on his feet.

Family members who showed up at the rescue scene told KSAT12 they were relieved that he was safe, but also tired, themselves, from being up all night.

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About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.