Four boaters were rescued from a Texas reservoir
on Thursday afternoon after their vessel came perilously close to crashing over the dam
According to Austin-Travis County EMS, the dramatic rescue occurred near the Longhorn Dam on Lady Bird Lake in east Austin following a 911 call reporting the boat was “up against the dam” and appeared to be “going over.”
According to KVUE-TV, Austin police
said the four passengers' electric-powered boat became stuck near the dam and did not have enough power to escape. Adding to the terrifying drama: the spillway was open due to recent rainfall.
The boaters initially contacted the rental company, but the company dispatched a rescue boat that lacked power against the spillway current and became stuck as well.
Rescue crews, including a helicopter, were then dispatched and took terrifying photos
and video of the stranded boat.
FINAL UPDATE 1-79 N PLEASANT VALLEY RD: Here is a look at the earlier rescue from #ATCEMS District Command 6. pic.twitter.com/qJ9RL1Q9V0 — ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) June 10, 2021
According to NBC News
, the four passengers were given life vests before the vessel was attached to a police boat, which pulled it back into open water
None of the rescued boaters required medical assistance.