Story at a glance
- Crews responded to the Longhorn Dam following reports that a small boat was “up against the dam" and looked like it was “going to go over.”
- Video shows nearly half the boat hanging over the edge.
- Rescuers managed to tow the boat away from danger and no one was injured.
Four boaters had to be rescued Thursday after their boat came dangerously close to going over the edge of a dam in a Texas reservoir.
Austin-Travis County EMS said crews responded to the Longhorn Dam following reports that a small boat was “up against the dam” and looked like it was “going to go over.”
Video and photos shared to social media by Austin-Travis County EMS showed the small blue motor boat hanging over the dam with four women inside. Nearly half the boat was hanging over the edge.
Fox 13 reports the electric boat got swept up in a current near the dam and the boat was not strong enough to escape.
“They approached the dam, weren’t paying attention; they were talking to each other,” Austin Police Officer Brad Smith told Fox 13.
James Cane of Retro Boat Rentals, a boat rental service in the area, rushed to the scene in a separate boat and was able to tie a rope to the vessel to help keep it from plunging over the edge until first responders arrived.
Crews lowered life vests to the four occupants and the boat was attached to an Austin Police lake patrol boat that towed the vessel away from the dam and into open water.
None of the boaters were injured.
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