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1 dead, 2 hospitalized in McKinney Falls water rescue

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A man has drowned at McKinney Falls State Park and two children were taken to the hospital.

Authorities say they received a call about a possible drowning just after 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Crews went into the water and recovered a 44-year-old man, and his two children, a 10-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl.

Austin Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Thayer Smith says within in 20 minutes of the first 911 call, paramedics had CPR in progress on all three victims.

"They had return pulses on both children," Smith said.

STARFlight transported the 10-year-old and the 3-year-old to Dell Children's Medical Center.

The 44-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Like many of the bodies of water here in Central Texas, most of them have an area where it drops off dramatically and this is no different. So that's really the safety message. Just be aware of the surroundings. These bodies of water in Central Texas can go from 12 inches of water from where you are playing and wading and then you have an 8 to 10 foot immediate drop-off. If you're not a good swimmer, not ready for that drop-off, unfortunately that is the case we see a lot of around in this area," Smith said.

Their names were not immediately released pending family notification.

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