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Circumstances Surrounding Body Recovered from Lake Travis


Circumstances Surrounding Body Recovered from Lake Travis

At 2:48 pm on August 8, 2021, Lake Patrol Deputies, along with several other agencies responded to an area of Lake Travis near Longhorn Landing. A 911 caller reported seeing a person struggling in the water, with another person trying to hold them above water.

Upon arrival, a woman was seen floating on the surface of the lake. She was recovered by Jonestown PD and CPR was immediately started. ATCEMS continued CPR once she was brought to a nearby boat ramp. Efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced deceased.

As CPR was in progress on the woman, TCSO Deputies were advised that her husband, who was in the water with her, was unaccounted for. Lake Patrol, assisted by Jonestown PD searched for him using sonar, until nightfall. Starflight conducted aerial searches. Lake depth in that area is approximately 30-50 feet.

Lake Patrol Deputies located the body of a man, matching the husband’s description, in the search area August 9, 2021 and made the recovery. Autopsies were conducted, and cause and manner of death are pending final autopsy results.

Out of respect for the family involved, and because this is not a criminal incident, TCSO will not disclose the identities of the decedents via press release.

TCSO continues to search for a swimmer reported missing the evening of August 7, 2021. The missing man was reportedly last seen in an area between Starnes Island and North Shore. That area of the lake is over 120 feet deep. Deputies are conducting shoreline searches, surface searches and using various types of sonar in an attempt to locate him. They’ve been assisted by Jonestown PD and Texas Parks & Wildlife.

TCSO has recovered five bodies from Lake Travis this year. There is a common factor in all of the incidents; the decedents were not wearing a life jacket. TCSO implores patrons of Lake Travis to be safety conscious and wear life jackets when boating or getting into the water.
Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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