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Missing Swimmer Recovered Near Hurst Bend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2021

Missing Swimmer Recovered Near Hurst Bend

At approximately 6:00 pm on August 28, 2021, TCSO began a recovery mission for two swimmers reported missing in Lake Travis, near Hurst Creek. According to witnesses, a family from Houston rented a boat for a day of fun on Lake Travis. A family member began to struggle in the water and a second family member attempted to rescue him. Both men went under and never resurfaced.

TCSO searched for the missing men, conducting shoreline, surface and aerial (drone) searches, and using various types of sonar. The first man was located via sonar and recovered Friday, September 3, 2021 from a depth of 130 feet. The second man was located via sonar and recovered Sunday, September 5, 2021 from a depth of 148 feet.

Autopsies have been conducted on both decedents and final results are pending. 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. TCSO is also actively searching for a woman reported missing Monday, September 6, 2021 near Hurst Creek, the same area of Lake Travis where the two swimmers were recovered over Labor Day weekend.

A total of ten swimmers have been reported missing on Lake Travis this year. TCSO implores patrons of Lake Travis to be safety conscious and wear life jackets when boating or getting into the water. It’s the one thing guaranteed to give swimmers a chance for rescue if there’s an emergency.


Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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