AUSTIN (KXAN) — A young girl is expected to be okay after falling into Lady Bird Lake on Sunday.
Emergency crews say they had to treat her for hypothermia after the canoe she was in tipped over around 4 p.m. Someone nearby was able to pull her out of the water.
The last time a person reportedly died in Lady Bird Lake was in October when a man’s body was found floating in the lake. The body was identified as 25-year-old Eron D. Wrublik. Police believe he died from an accidental drowning.
In June, four people died while boating during one weekend in Texas. Six months into the year, the state says there have been more than a dozen boating-related fatalities and almost half involved kayaks. In Austin, Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin are often closed to recreational boating for long periods of time due to swift water.
“A day on the water in Texas should be all about the fun and following the basic rules of water safety can help keep your loved ones from harm. If you don’t know how to swim, learn and if you are impaired or unfamiliar with the water conditions don’t put yourself in jeopardy by taking unnecessary risks. Keep an eye on kids especially. It only takes a second to turn a fun day on the water into a tragedy,” said Texas Game Warden Col. Craig Hunter.