Search for missing girl on Lake Travis stretches into weekend

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LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Dive teams will continue their search Saturday on Lake Travis for a teenager missing in the water since midday Thursday. The girl disappeared about 11:30 a.m. while at a church and wakeboarding camp at Volente Beach. Officials have not yet confirmed her name but Eanes ISD officials sent a note saying she was one of their students.

Debris and dark, murky water, is making the search more difficult.

Brian McCue has lived on the lake for 10 years. What started out as fun day on the lake Thursday quickly turned into a panic when someone said one of the teens was missing.

“There was a group of boats tubing and wakeboarding and having fun in the water,” said McCue. “Someone was being pulled on a rope…I was on my boat working. I had my dive kit here, we were teaching people how to dive. I ran over and got things but by the time we got there I was too scared. I didn’t know what to do and the police said stop.”

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office believes the girl may have fallen off the boat. It remains unclear whether she had on a life vest.

“The poor parents and people,” said McCue. “The amount of people affected by this is enormous.

“I didn’t know what to do…what can you do?” he added.

McCue said all the recent rains have caused large pieces of debris to float up onto his dock.

“Underneath the water you’ll have things as high as this,” pointing to brush that was about 10 feet tall. “There’s nothing you can do about debris in the water. This is just lethal.”

Divers will continue their search first thing Saturday.

Travis County officials said 20 people drowned on Lake Travis in the last five years. Almost half of those deaths came in 2011 when low lake levels meant swimmers had to go further out to where the water was. Five people drowned on Lake Travis last year.

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