At approximately 5:43 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the San Marcos Police Department responded to the Treehouse Apartments in the 800 block of N. LBJ on a call regarding an unresponsive female.
Friends found the woman in the deep end of the pool and because they could not swim, flagged down a passerby who pulled her from the pool, began CPR and called 911. The first police officer on scene took over CPR until EMS arrived. EMS evaluated the female and found there were no signs of life. Justice of the Peace Maggie Moreno arrived on the scene and pronounced the time of death at 6:37 a.m.
According to those interviewed at the scene, a group of people were swimming in the early night or morning hours at the pool, adding that several of the members didn’t know how to swim and had been drinking alcohol. Pool hours at the complex are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Per police on scene, the pool was murky and the lighting around the pool was minimal. Police believe the young lady’s friends lost track of her and her drowning went unnoticed for a short period of time.
Next of kin has been notified, the victim is identified as Binuja Ghising (02/09/1995). The deceased was attending Texas State University.
As the temperature heats up, people are beginning to enjoy outdoor activities more often which includes swimming. Swimming pool accidents do happen, and everyone must keep a watchful eye to ensure no one has a tragic accident. Please visit the CDC website, which has many resources and information on pool safety.
Media note: Police will not be providing interviews regarding this case.