A woman visiting from Round Rock with her famliy has died in an apparent drowning in Port Aransas, according to local police.
Port Aransas Police Department said the incident happened around 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon near Pole E, close to Horace Caldwell Pier. Red Flag warnings were on display at the beach, warning of rough conditions.
There, a 52-year-old woman visiting the island with her husband and adult son ended up in the water on her own. Family members told police they had seen her going to the water but didn’t see her get in or know how long she’d been there. They noted she wasn’t known to be a strong swimmer.
Unfortunately, beachgoers discovered her body rolling in the surf and began CPR. Police said the woman was dead of apparent drowning at the scene when they arrived.
Investigators said witnesses didn’t see anyone with the victim while she was in the water and there were no signs of other trauma. A medical examiner will determine whether or not to autopsy.
Police advised that due to red flag conditions on the beach, the public should be aware of the dangers of rough seas.
"Flags are up, so they need to be aware, and if you can help it, don’t go in the water by yourself," explained Detective Mike Hannon with Port Aransas Police Department.