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Two Killed by Boat Propeller in Canyon Lake after Accelerator Is Pressed

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is investigating two fatalities in Canyon Lake.

Two people were killed by a propeller after they got into Canyon Lake and were run over by their boat around 4:30 p.m. today.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) spokesperson Stephanie Salinas Garcia said 54-year-old Hector Brun and 21-year-old Kacie Banks, both from San Antonio, sustained fatal injuries from the boat’s propeller. Other occupants were still in the boat when the incident occurred.

Canyon Lake Fire/EMS (CLFEMS) Chief Robert Mikel said it appears the boat’s accelerator was pressed after the victims entered the water.

“The victims were removed from the water, and CPR was initiated prior to the arrival of CLFEMS and TPWD game wardens,” he said. “The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.”

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time, TPWD said.

This is the fifth serious water emergency — and fourth death so far this year. CLFEMS has responded to four incidents since Saturday.

On Monday, a 55-year-old Cypress man drowned in Canyon Lake after he decided to jump off a boat and swim 40 yards to shore near Boat Ramp No. 23.

Sunday, a man in his 40s drowned while wearing a life jacket in the water. He was found floating face down.

Also Sunday, a pontoon boat rescued a 29-year-old man who jumped into the lake to help a person who fell off the tube. The man was transported to Christus Santa Rosa-San Marcos in serious condition.

Saturday, a Comal County constable resuscitated a woman pulled from water off Comal Park. She was transported to Christus Santa Rosa-New Braunfels in serious condition.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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