15-year-old who drowned at Five Mile Dam identified

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The Hays County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday identified the 15-year-old who drowned in an area north of San Marcos the day before.

Lockhart resident Wyatt James Kunze died at Five Mile Dam parks after he and a female cousin were swimming at the Blanco River at the Dudley Johnson Park — also known as Five Mile Dam — located at 4444 S. Old Stagecoach Road.

According to Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Kunze and his cousin across the popular area of the park to get to a rock formation. HCSO says they don’t believe he was a particularly good swimmer and that he began struggling before he went under.

The teenage girl was unable to save him, HCSO says.

HCSO reported to the scene near the area where he had last been seen by witnesses around 3:30 p.m. There, his body was recovered about a half-hour after he went under the water. According to officials, the water was about 10 to 20 feet deep.

There were “absolutely” no drugs or alcohol involved, HCSO says. There is no foul play suspected and the incident is considered a “tragic accident.”

HCSO says there have been 10 reported drownings in that area of the Dudley Johnson Park since 2003, seven of which were fatal. According to officials, there is cautionary signage in the area.

The parks were closed for about two hours following the drowning but reopened Wednesday afternoon.

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