AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Travis County EMS responded to Lake Austin Sunday evening after a boat ran aground. Officials said seven people were involved in the incident, including a teenager who was recovered from the water and pronounced dead Monday night.
Austin Police identified the teen as Kaden Forke, 14.
Two people were transported to the hospital with serious injuries, an additional two were transported with potentially serious injuries. Two other passengers refused EMS transport.
Officers responded to the crash around 6:10 p.m. Sunday. Around 7 p.m. officials said in a follow-up social media post the situation switched to a recovery effort for the missing person.
Ken Campbell, assistant chief of the CE-Bar Fire Department, said the single-boat crash happened after a boat went over the wake of another boat and lost control. Then, the boat hit the bank of Lake Austin where at least one patient was ejected.
He could not confirm if the passengers were wearing life jackets.
Campbell said Lake Austin is narrow and gets crowded fast with cross currents and cross wakes.
“If you’re just plowing down the lake as fast as you can go, you’re going to have an accident — even if you’re going slow you can have an accident because there’s a lot of traffic and a lot of things to avoid,” Campbell said.
APD said a multi-agency recovery operation is underway with a primary focus of finding the missing person.
Multiple ATCEMS ambulances, Austin Police’s Lake Patrol Unit, several fire departments along with Travis County STAR Flight responded to the scene Sunday evening.
‘It was just ghastly’
James Wood was on Lake Austin, driving by the crashed boat just moments after it happened. First responders were in the water with the crash victims, and a dive team was in the water with scuba gear.
Wood, a personal injury lawyer, knew the dive team’s presence meant someone was underwater.
“My son was on board and to think of another family having a child underwater was just gut wrenching,” he said.
Video from the scene shows a boat on the bank of Lake Austin under Cypress trees and tangled in its limbs.
“It was just ghastly, and it took us by surprise,” he said.