Travis’ weather west of Austin was calm on Saturday, but the simultaneous movement of a large number of boats caused large waves, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
“It was like a sea. I’m surprised I survived it. We didn’t make it around the parade, because it was too much,” Daniel Severn told CNN affiliate KXAN. “The boats were mainly just tater-tot-ering. A lot of them drew water out of their noses. After that it ended, especially for smaller boats.”
The incident began Saturday afternoon, and the Sheriff’s Office says they began receiving calls “almost immediately”. The sheriff’s office responded to 15 distress calls, according to the sheriff’s office, and a local towing company said that “three additional reports of boats were being carried overboard”.
He said that three of the five boats have been taken out and two other lakes remain at the bottom of Lake Travis.
The sheriff’s office said “most of the boats were carried on water, or were completely submerged,” able to bend until the lake bottom sank.