Man found, identified after Lake LBJ boat crash

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was found dead Sunday near the area where a boat crashed two days before on Lake LBJ.

Jesse Marcus Estes, 44, of Sarita, Texas, was identified Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday afternoon, local authorities began a search to locate the operator of the boat that crashed Friday. On Sunday morning, one of the Texas Game Warden cadaver dogs found his body.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas game wardens responded to a single boat accident on the Colorado arm of the Lake LBJ on Friday afternoon, where they determined that the boat had struck a large wave.

Wardens say the wave caused the operator and the boat’s occupants to be ejected. First responders were able to locate all of the boat’s occupants except Estes.

The search was complicated by high boat traffic in the area and underwater obstacles including debris, large rocks and other natural features, game wardens said.

More than a dozen Texas game wardens, three side scan sonar boats, a dive team boat and a K9 were part of the search. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, Lower Colorado River Authority Lake Rangers, Horseshoe Bay Police Department, Cassie VFD, Lake Buchanan VFD, Kingsland VFD, Sunrise Beach VFD and Hoover Valley VFD also helped with the search.

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