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Game wardens looking for hit-and-run boating suspect

LAKE LBJ — Investigators are seeking the public’s help in finding a boating suspect who collided with a swimmer making her way from a boat to a nearby dock.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LAKE LBJ — Investigators are seeking the public’s help in finding a boating suspect who collided with a swimmer making her way from a boat to a nearby dock.

The alleged hit-and-run incident happened around 8:15 p.m. July 3 near Log Country Cove on the Colorado arm of Lake LBJ.

“A 51-year-old female had jumped from her boat to swim to her dock about 20 or 30 yards away,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Spokesman Steve Lightfoot. “In the process she was struck by a boat that continued to go down river, did not stop.”

Witnesses at the scene described a white ski-style boat which may have been occupied by two to six people.

At the time of the incident, individuals with the victim focused on getting her to shore.

“She was recovered by witnesses at the scene until first responders arrived,” Lightfoot said. “She was seriously injured and air-flighted to an area hospital.”

Game wardens launched an investigation.

“They did take interviews and search the immediate area, but as night fell, there was nothing more they could do,” Lightfoot said. “We’re asking the public for any information about a boat with that description that may have been in that area at that time on Sunday evening.”

Tipsters can receive a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

“The rules are the same as if you’re driving a vehicle. You’re required to stop and render aid and be responsible,” Lightfoot said. “There’s been a lot of boating related accidents this July 4th weekend and before that. Folks need to be aware that traffic levels on the lake are up.”

To offer tips, contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-792-GAME (4263).

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