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Mother of river drowning victim pushing for safety changes

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The death of Josefina Barrios' son set her on a mission for change.

"I want something done in that river. It's a death trap," said Barrios.

36-year-old James Flores drowned in the Comal River in New Braunfels on May 6th.

"I would hate for anybody to go through what I'm going through and It's going to happen again, I guarantee you, it's going to happen again," said Barrios.

Barrios says he got separated from his group of friends tubing the river that day. He reached the end of the float, got out of his tube in the water and she believes may have been pulled under by a current.

"There's an area there, not too far from him, where there is a lot of current so you know where that comes into play where it could have reached and it could have took him," said Barrios.

Divers with the New Braunfels Fire Department located the man and he was taken to a hospital, but he did not survive.

"I'm going to call everybody and their mother because my son is not going to go unnoticed," said Barrios.

The grieving mother is calling for safety-changes along the water where her son died. She believes life-vests should be mandatory.

"To keep more people alive, keep them afloat, you know if the tube rips or whatever happens, at least you'll have the safety vest to keep you afloat. I want to see it done," said Barrios.

Flores will be laid to rest on Tuesday, May 15th at Funeral Caring at 6500 North IH35. Viewing is from 4pm-7:30pm.

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