POINT VENTURE, Texas (KXAN) — One person is dead and several others are hospitalized following a crash on Lake Travis involving a boat and jet ski Sunday afternoon.
Austin-Travis County EMS initially said in a social media post one adult was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with potentially serious injuries. An update confirmed four additional people were transported from the crash: one via ATCEMS, two by the North Lake Travis Fire Department to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and one by Travis County STAR Flight to Dell Seton Medical Center.
Officials confirmed an adult died at the scene after resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
Officials responded to Captain Pete’s Boathouse at 18200 Lakepoint Cove just before 3 p.m. Medics said CPR was in progress on one patient, per Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the North Lake Travis Fire Department. Travis County Starflight was also responding to the scene.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said 14 people were on a pontoon boat and one person was on a personal watercraft when the crash happened. TPWD said four people on the vessel were injured and one died.
Game wardens and TPWD’s boat accident investigation team are investigating the crash.
What a nearby witness saw
It was nothing Benton Travis expected to see on a Sunday afternoon while playing music at Captain Pete’s Boathouse.
“STAR Flight arrived and they continued with the CPR on and off. We saw him hook up an IV,” Travis said. “Eventually they stopped CPR and brought out a blanket. At that point, we knew that he had passed.”
Travis said he saw multiple agencies respond, including the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Travis County STAR Flight.
“A jet ski had struck the boat and hit the passenger, from what we were told. I didn’t see that happen but that’s what was shared with us,” he said.
Travis said his heart goes out to everyone involved.
“I felt really bad for both parties involved. I’m sure the poor person driving the jet ski, you know, he didn’t have those intentions, but my heart goes out to them,” Travis said. “And you know, the people who lost a loved one today. It’s really sad.”