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Swimmers rescued after water released from Mansfield Dam

Photo Courtesy Darryl Whiting

Adults and children had to be rescued Sunday after water was released from Mansfield Dam, according to authorities.

The Austin Fire Department reported receiving the call around 3:36 p.m. at 14000 Low Water Crossing Road, just downstream from Mansfield Dam.

Two adults and four children were stranded on a sandbar after being unable to get back to shore.

Lake Travis Firefighters made contact with the stranded people and ferried them back to shore.

Clara Tuma with the Lower Colorado River Authority says that the public should be aware that water may be released at any time.

"There are large DANGER signs at each of the dams warning people that water may be released at any time. Anyone near any of the dams should use extreme caution at all times. LCRA does not sound warning sirens for routine operations such as hydroelectric releases that happen almost daily, and sometimes several times a day," stated Tuma.

AFD, Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin Police Department Lake Patrol, STAR Flight and Lake Travis Firefighters responded to assist with the rescue.

No injuries were reported.

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