Opened floodgates allow for swiftwater rescue training

Emergency crews practicing swiftwater rescue training on Lake Austin. (KXAN Photo)
Emergency crews practicing swiftwater rescue training at Tom Miller Dam. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While recreational boaters aren’t allowed on parts of Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake during floodgate operations, emergency crews are taking advantage of the fast moving water.

On Monday, Austin-Travis County EMS and the Austin Fire Department donned their water rescue gear to practice swiftwater rescues and boat training.

KXAN’s Photojournalist Richard Bowes took to the water to show how first responders used this rare opportunity to sharpen their skills.

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