WATCH: Terrifying Video Shows Boat Nearly Falling Over Texas Dam Before Rescue

by Halle Ames

You have to see this terrifying video of a boat full of people that nearly falls over a Texas Dam before being saved. 

A group of boaters in Texas feared for their lives as they looked over the edge of a dam. According to paramedics in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, the group could do nothing but look on as their small boat inched closer and closer to the edge of the Longhorn Dam.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS) reported the crews had to hustle to rescue the four boaters after a 911 call was placed. The caller said the boat was “up against the dam,” and it looked like it was “going to go over.”

Boat on the Edge

The ATCEMS crew posted photos of the rescue on social media while giving their followers updates on the situation. 

At 3 p.m. on June 10th, nearly 15 minutes after the call, the department notified social media that the boat had thankfully been pulled off the ledge by the Austin Police department. 

“Boat & occupants have been pulled off the dam & into open water by the @Austin_Police lake patrol boat. No occupants are requesting #ATCEMS. No further updates planned unless conditions change.”

According to Fox 7 in Austin, the electric boat contained four women. They were talking to one another when the vessel got swept up in a current. The current pushed the group toward the drop-off, and the small boat wasn’t strong enough to escape. 

“They approached the dam, weren’t paying attention, they were talking to each other,” said Officer Brad Smith with the Austin Police Department.

Help is On the Way!

One good samaritan saw the situation unfolding and rushed in to help.

James Cane explained how he quickly sped over to the boat. He tied a rope to both vessels to keep it from falling over the edge, says Fox News. After Cane’s heroic rescue, emergency crews arrived at the scene for backup.

However, Officer Smith notes that if the situation happened a few months later, they may not be as lucky. He reveals that the department has been experiencing budget cuts. 

“Not sure what kind of rescue it would have been,” said Smith. “Luckily, we were on patrol on Lady Bird in a boat going up and down. We were by the Texas rowing dock when the call came out. So, we were able to zip right there when the call came out and help with the recovery.”