Boaters get ‘stormed out’ of Lake Austin

Lightning forced dozens off Lake Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Many people were looking forward to a Memorial Day of fun at the lake, but Mother Nature had a scary surprise for some Austin boaters.

Jason McCasland says he felt lucky he caught some fish before the lightning storm started flooding his boat and forced him off of Lake Austin.

“We’ve been out here since 5 o’clock this morning,” McCasland said. “We loved it. We caught plenty of fish, but then the rain came. And it came quick and hard.”

But not everyone had fun. Boaters scrambled for cover off-shore, while others tried to ride the downpour on their boats.

“It was stinging rain… yeah, it was hurting,” said Josh Cuevas. “We were going, and we were heading back. And it was like we couldn’t even see 10 feet ahead of us.”

Some knew it would rain but did not expect the conditions they saw.

“The guy we rented the boat from said it should be no problem,” Anne Urquiola said. “Then, the monsoon came.”

But overall, everyone made the best of a stormy holiday weekend.

“I’ll go home and drink a beer … the beer I was going to have out there,” McCasland said.

Despite a stormy start, some boaters said they might come back before night falls to try to squeeze a little bit more fun out of this three-day weekend.

EMS says there were no reports of boaters in distress, but they did get one water rescue in which two people were quickly pulled to safety. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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