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YouTuber gets city’s blessing to dive along San Antonio River Walk after police stop first attempt

SAN ANTONIO – A preferred diver on YouTube was welcomed again to San Antonio to dredge “treasures” from the San Antonio River legally after getting stopped by police for making an attempt it final year.

Brandon Jordan is an outdoorsman who has attracted a YouTube following with almost 3 million subscribers. He’s recognized for movies the place he dives into rivers and different waterways to discover lost valuables. When he can, he tries to unite the gadgets with their house owners and he additionally cleans up any trash he finds in the course of the course of.

Last October, Jordan tried to dive along the River Walk however was stopped by San Antonio police for violating a metropolis ordinance: Swimming in San Antonio River, a misdemeanor that may be punished by a fantastic of up to $500. Jordan was solely given a warning however was advised he’d want permission to movie and to be granted a particular request to dive along the River Walk.


“I think the difficulty came into play because this was such a unique and special request. It’s not every day you have someone wanting to get into a prohibited body of water to do a good deed, let alone film it and put it on the internet,” Jordan mentioned.

He received the permission he wanted from the Department of Arts & Culture’s Film Division and from the Center City Development Office, a metropolis official advised KSAT.

“A permit and safety protocols were required, including making sure we filmed at a time when other river boats were not running in the area I was diving,” Jordan mentioned.

His dives had been so profitable, he created two movies about his adventures.

In the first one, Jordan finds gadgets together with a Bird scooter, chairs, some telephones, a rubber boot and lumps of beaded necklaces intertwined with river particles.

“I think the most surprising thing were the amount of beads that have been spun together creating huge mats. Of course, there are tons of little items which happens anywhere there are water and people. But the beads were probably the biggest unexpected component I ran into,” Jordan mentioned.


In the second video, which Jordan mentioned can be posted on Tuesday, he finds much more treasures.

“It’s a fun one where we dive in front of the Shops at River Center and even find a lost iPhone, as well as a few more surprises! This video also includes an interview with the team who manages the River Walk which was a cool opportunity to collab with the city,” Jordan mentioned.

The YouTuber mentioned throughout his two visits to San Antonio, he’s fallen in love with the River Walk space.

“It’s just such a unique place with restaurants and hotels and I hope to get invited back to see what it looks like when it’s getting cleaned out while drained!” Jordan mentioned.

The metropolis used to drain the river loop each year for cleansing and upkeep, however thanks to a project by the Public Works Department and Center City Development & Operations, metropolis crews simply drain parts, often in January every year.

Watch Part 1 of Jordan’s San Antonio River dive under:


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