Man missing in Lake Travis, firefighter falls ill during search

The search for a missing swimmer in Lake Travis. Aug. 12, 2016 (KXAN Viewer Photo)
The search for a missing swimmer in Lake Travis. Aug. 12, 2016 (KXAN Viewer Photo)

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — Crews continue looking for a man last seen swimming in Lake Travis who has yet to resurface. Austin-Travis County EMS shifted to recovery mode and called of the search Friday night.

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, first responders were called to Lake Travis, east of Emerald Point Marina, for a report of a man in the water. A designated driver of a rented boat jumped into the water to help someone struggling in the water. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says the wind kicked up and the boat drifted away.

While a second boat arrived to help the swimmer in distress, the designated driver went under the water and has not been seen since.

A firefighter with Lake Travis Fire and Rescue was injured during the water rescue and taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for evaluation. The department says the firefighter experienced a dizzy spell near the surface of the water.

In an unrelated case, a woman having a medical issue was also rescued from the water by emergency crews.

Travis County Sheriff’s say crews will continue a surface search Saturday afternoon. 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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