First Possibly Drowning on Lake Travis

The first fatality of the Season was reported Sunday. Be careful out there.

First possible drowning on Lake Travis

Area known for a number of drownings last summer

Updated: Monday, 21 May 2012, 7:52 AM CDT
Published : Sunday, 20 May 2012, 8:17 PM CDT

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A 25-year-old man was pulled from Lake Travis Sunday afternoon in what police are calling the first possible drowning of the 2012 summer season.

Police are waiting for details and an exact cause of death from medical examiners.

Witnesses said the man was swimming across the lake when he became distressed. Several men pulled him out of the water and performed CPR until emergency crews arrived.

“I thought he was going to make it. That’s why I kept, you know, trying my best to do [CPR] and everything, but it didn’t work,” said Jose Vasquez, who tried to save the man.

Wade said the man was declared dead around 3:40 p.m.

With summer right around the corner, more people are making their way out to the lake. Last summer, seven people drowned on Lake Travis, and the current drought is believed to have played a major role in making conditions dangerous in the water.

“There are a lot of drop-offs,” said Roger Wade, with the Travis County Sheriff’s Department. “This is a canyon that was filled up with water when they dammed the river, so there are drop-offs and old, dead brush under the water.”

The area was the location of a number of drownings last summer. Those types of issues are exacerbated this summer because low water makes it easier to hit rocks and limbs under the surface, Wade said.

Details are sketchy, but it appears a call came in about 3 p.m. from Bob Wentz Park on Lake Travis, a couple of miles from The Oasis and near Hippie Hollow.

First reports were that the man was pulled from the water by bystanders, who attempted to give him CPR, according to Travis County EMS.

 First responders arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. 

With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, police said they will have extra officers patrolling the area to make sure everyone is safe.

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