A New Braunfels man died over the weekend after hiking with friends at Big Bend National Park.
The park reported the man’s dead on their Facebook page.
49-year-old William Brunson was backpacking on the Marufo Vega Trail on November 23rd when he began experiencing symptoms consistent with a heart attack, and his backpacking group called 911.
Park Rangers with emergency medical training arrived on scene, and soon after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter arrived and transported Brunson to the park ambulance waiting at Panther Junction.
While being transported to the hospital, Brunson lost consciousness. Park Rangers and paramedics from Terlingua Fire & EMS immediately began CPR and administered shocks using a defibrillator, but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.