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Texas Teen Pulled from Hamilton Pool Dies from Brain Damage

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The police were called at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 12, to Hamilton Pool, a popular Hill Country swimming spot, after a 17-year-old male dipped below the water and could not resurface. Harker Heights resident, Anthony Dorsett, was pulled from the water by fellow Hamilton Pool visitors.

Fellow swimmers heroically pulled the teen out of the water (which was a 25-minute effort) and gave him CPR on the shore. Austin-Travis County EMS said he was located and pulled out of the water by bystanders, a doctor and a nurse.

Because of their collective efforts, EMS was able to get a pulse after they arrived on the scene. It’s believed that the teen went 34 minutes total without a pulse. Dorsett was taken by Star Flight to University Medical Center at Brackenridge in critical condition.

KVUE reported that a day after Dorsett was rescued from a near drowning, he died at a hospital due to brain damage, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. “At 6:54 a.m. Aug. 13, Dorsett died; The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death accidental due to lack of oxygen to his brain associated with fresh water drowning.”