Yes, that’s a boat about to go over the falls
AUSTIN, Texas – Video captured at Lady Bird Lake shows a boat hanging over the edge of Longhorn Dam.
According to Austin police, four women on an electric boat got swept up in the current near the dam. “They approached the dam, weren’t paying attention, they were talking to each other,” said Officer Brad Smith.
Their boat was not strong enough to escape. “At that point, it was just keeping them from going over,” said Jame Cane with Retro Boat Rentals. Cane rushed to help while waiting for more to arrive and was able to tie a rope to the boat.
“It was a little tricky getting close to them with the current going over the waterfall but I was able to tie a line onto them,” said Cane.
While his boat was not strong enough to pull the girls to safety, he was able to keep them from falling over. The Austin lake patrol arrived shortly after to help.
Officer Smith said the dam can be more deadly than people realise which is why people need to pay attention to the warnings about getting too close. “If you look on the other side of Longhorn Dam there is actually concrete on the very bottom so if you fell off you’d end up hitting concrete,” said Smith.
All four on the boat were not injured and able to walk away from what could have been a disaster.