Crews rescue "partyer" who was in Brazos River for three miles

Posted at 3:44 AM, May 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-20 16:23:17-04

Waco Fire & Rescue, Waco PD, and Texas Game Wardens helped rescue a "partyer" who fell into the Brazos River early Wednesday morning.

According to Waco Fire officials, a bystander who worked at a nearby nursing home heard two distressed voices coming from the river. The bystander called 911 around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning after hearing screams. A 19-year-old man was rescued 30 minutes later near the Herring Street Bridge. At this time, officials do not believe there is a second person in the river.

Police say that rescued man had been "partying" at a home in the Gholson Heights area and somehow ended up in the Brazos River, which has heavy debris in the swift moving water. He had floated down the river for three miles before being rescued.

The rescued man has been rushed to a hospital with a minor head injury. Police say he was not helpful in determining if anyone was with him in the water, but everyone else at the party has been accounted for and police no longer believe there is someone still in the river.

Baylor PD, along with a McLennan County Sheriff helicopter, helped continue the search in the water for any other people, but found no signs of anyone else.

Police note that the water is extremely "treacherous" due to heavy runoff from recent rains and the heavy debris in the water.