AUSTIN (KXAN) — Emergency crews were in southeast Austin Monday afternoon after reports of a woman “hanging on to a tree” in the middle of the creek, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.
ATCEMS says rescue swimmers found her in the water near the 7000 block of Onion Creek Drive, trying to reach the victim. That area is less than a mile southeast of the intersection of East William Cannon Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road.
According to Austin Fire Department, the young woman was at the creekside with her dog when it jumped in and was swept away. When she tried to rescue it, she was also swept away until coming to an island in the middle of the creek. She had her cell phone on her and called 9-1-1.
Crews were able to rescue her and she said she didn’t want to go to the hospital, according to AFC Battalion Chief Todd Pomroy. He added the dog made it to the other side.
The Austin Fire Department and ATCEMS responded to the rescue around 3:29 p.m. Wednesday. STAR Flight also responded.