“Had somebody not been there, this kid would’ve likely drowned.”
That’s a quote from Commander Craig Smith of the Austin-Travis County EMS who pulled a drowning boy out of the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas on October 5. They young child was in the right place at the right time as the Austin-Travis County EMS were in New Braunfels practicing swift river rescue exercises at the tube chute. The boy had slipped out of his tube, and was drug down under the water’s current. When he came back up, Commander Smith noticed he was struggling and grasping for air. That was when Commander Smith was forced to turn the exercise in to a real life rescue. As it was an exercise, EMS personnel were outfitted with helmet cameras, and the whole episode was caught on tape. See the report, and the rescue below.