Man missing from Lake Travis party barge; search resumes Monday

A Travis County Sheriff's deputy near the scene of reports of a missing person at Lake Travis Sunday, April 30, 2017. (KXAN/Frank Martinez)
A Travis County Sheriff's deputy near the scene of reports of a missing person at Lake Travis Sunday, April 30, 2017. (KXAN/Frank Martinez)

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — A water rescue call at Lake Travis Sunday afternoon turned into a recovery mission about 40 minutes later, said Austin-Travis County EMS.

It started when ATCEMS responded to a call of a 21-year-old man missing from a party barge at about 2:19 p.m. The man was reported missing somewhere near the Riviera Marina on the north shore of the lake.

People from the two-story party barge would swim to nearby cliffs and dive off of them, said a spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. When three people, all of whom were holding flotation safety devices–not wearing them– dived from the cliff, all three resurfaced safely, TCSO said.

But, when they began to swim back to the boat, a man lost his flotation device, disappeared under the water, and never resurfaced. He has not been seen since, TCSO said.

Initially, multiple rescue units including StarFlight were called to the scene.

At about 3:05 p.m., all rescue operations were called off, said ATCEMS. At that point, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office took charge of a recovery operation.

TCSO halted the recovery operation at about 4 p.m. Sunday. They said the TCSO dive team will return at 8 a.m. Monday morning and resume recovery efforts.

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