Search and rescue crews respond after boat found on area lake with 2 young children on board

Search and rescue crew at Lake Belton
Search and rescue crew at Lake Belton(Courtesy Photo)
Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT
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LAKE BELTON, Texas (KWTX) - Two adults have been reunited with two kids who called 911 after being left stranded on a drifting pontoon boat on Lake Belton.

The four rented the pontoon boat earlier Wednesday. The woman on board went out for a swim without a life vest and drifted 50 and 100 yards away from the boat and couldn’t return, according to Bell County Game Warden Chris Sanchez.

The man on board threw out a floatation device, the line wasn’t long enough.

He went in after her with a life vest around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The children on the boat, who Sanchez says are between 2- and 10-years-old, began to drift away, and were instructed by the man to dial 911.

Sanchez says they drifted about a half of a mile from the adults.

During that time the man and woman safely swam to shore, meanwhile first responders responded to the 911 call and located the children on Fort Hood’s Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area on the northwest side of the lake off North Nolan Road.

Morgan’s Point was first on scene and secured the children off of the boat.

Officials located the adults on shore and reunited them with the kids around 6 p.m.

The pontoon boat was also recovered and turned back over to the family to be returned to the rental company.

Sanchez credits the young boy who called 911 for the safe ending, as well as the use of life vests by the man who went in after the woman stranded in the water.

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