Man drowns while swimming at Longhorn Dam

AUSTIN - Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service recovered the body of a 62-year-old man who drowned while swimming in the Colorado River near East Cesar Chavez Street Wednesday afternoon.

EMS said the man was reported missing in the 2800 block of East Cesar Chavez at 4:10 p.m., and that he hadn't resurfaced for five to 10 minutes.

At 4:35 p.m., EMS said they transitioned from rescue mode to recovery mode.

At 4:49 p.m., the man was located by a firefighter, He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Austin Fire Department Chief Palmer Buck said the man was swimming with a woman at Longhorn Dam when the woman noticed he was missing and called police. Rescue crews found his body in water that was 8 feet deep.

Palmer said open bodies of water are dangerous and recommends that swimmers know their abilities. 

The area is seven-tenths of a mile away from the Colorado River, according to Google Maps.

This is a developing story. KVUE will update this page as more details emerge.

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