A thirteen year old boy was air lifted to Scott and White in Temple after a near drowning accident on Friday evening, July 8th. Sheriff Brown stated that a 911 call had come in from the Sloan Road area that a young man was not breathing and needed medical assistance. Sheriff's Deputies, EMS, and San Saba Fire Department personnel rushed to the scene to assist.
The young man, a student in San Saba Middle School had been swimming with his family when he became trapped under a log for several minutes. He was rescued by his family and CPR was started and he was then rushed by private vehicle to meet emergency workers. A helicopter was called in and he was flown to the trauma center for treatment. The young man remains in ICU listed as critical/guarded condition.
Sheriff Brown and Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens Brad Reeves and Chris Wilson investigated this accident and want to caution everyone about the dangerous conditions this drought has caused in the rivers. Obstructions that have been under water for some time are now visible or reachable to swimmers. Please use caution around these items as they can be extremely heavy and very unstable, making them very dangerous to swimmers.
Sheriff Brown stated that the EMS first responders and the Fire Department did an outstanding job on a very difficult situation. Please keep this family and young man in your prayers as he struggles to recover from this accident.