New Braunfels emergency crews pulled a 26-year-old unconscious woman from the Guadalupe River on Monday afternoon after she was caught in an undertow near the Mill Street dam.

At 4:45 p.m. units from the New Braunfels Police Department and New Braunfels Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the area of the Guadalupe River under the Business 35N Bridge.

With the assistance of people nearby, officers were able to locate a woman still in the water and unconscious/unresponsive. She was removed, CPR was started and she was taken to Resolute Health Hospital in critical condition.

The woman, along with a group of six others, entered the Comal River at Hinman Island on private tubes and began floating the river. The group floated past the last public exit and exit signs on the Comal and eventually floated into the confluence of the Guadalupe River. 

Some of them were able to negotiate the rough water near the Mill dam, but the woman, a Universal City resident, wasn't able to.

The Guadalupe River is higher than usual because of the release from Canyon Lake along with runoff from recent rains.

No tubing is allowed on the Guadalupe River inside the city limits of New Braunfels after the river flow reaches 1,000 cfs. The Guadalupe River is now running at 3,870 cfs. 

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I fail to see how seven adults in one party completely missed the last tuber's exit unless it was intentionally. Had it been seven random people, there might be some element of doubt about signage, etc., but not seven in one party. I hope there is some ramification to their actions.

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