STAR Flight rescues firefighter, person who drove into high water

A firefighter with Travis County Fire Rescue and a driver were rescued by Travis County STAR Flight (Courtesy: Travis County Fire Rescue)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – STAR Flight rescued a firefighter and a driver who was swept away by high water early Friday morning.

Travis County Fire Rescue says about a dozen firefighters responded to the call for help at FM 812 and Peterson Road. By the time they got to the scene, Chief Ken Bailey says conditions had quickly changed and become more dangerous.

One firefighter made their way to the vehicle, which appears to be a small white SUV. After making contact with the person stuck, firefighters decided it would be safer to get back to dry ground by helicopter than trying to make their way back through the water.

No one was injured during the incident.

Numerous agencies responded to this rescue including Travis County Fire Rescue (ESD 11), the Austin Fire Department, Austin Police’s Air One helicopter, Texas Game Wardens and Travis County STAR Flight.

Authorities are still searching for two people who were potentially swept away at FM 812 and SH 130 from earlier this morning. 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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