One dead in Thursday boat collision at Sam Rayburn Reservoir

The killer wreck happened well offshore, in open water, halfway between Ebenezer Park and the dam at the south end of the lake.

JASPER, Texas – A 47-year-old man was killed and three others were injured Thursday night when two boats collided on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir north of Jasper.

A bass boat with one person on board collided with a pontoon boat carrying at least four people from one family and possibly more according to Billy Williford of the Jasper County Emergency Corps.

The fatal wreckage occurred well offshore in open water midway between Ebenezer Park and the dam at the south end of the lake, according to Williford.

The volunteer rescue group received the call around 6:05 p.m.

The bass boat and pontoon boat were heading straight for each other just before the sinking and both boats took evasive action but turned in the same direction, Williford said.

The bass boat hit the edge of the pontoon and flew away, knocking off the boat’s control console and throwing the operator into the water, he said.

The pontoon driver had severe cuts and was bleeding heavily when the Jasper Emergency Corps boat arrived, Williford told 12News on Friday morning.

Members of the pontoon boat’s family were in the water with the critically injured operator holding it afloat.

Medics were on board the Emergency Corps boat and one of them jumped into the water and the man was placed on a backboard. He was brought ashore where he was taken by ambulance to a waiting medical helicopter to be transported to a hospital in Beaumont, Williford said.

While in the helicopter, the injured man’s condition worsened and he was instead taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital where he later died.

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This is a developing story. We’ll update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

Read the full statement from Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife:

Around 6 p.m. on July 7, St. Augustine and Sabine county game wardens, along with the Jasper County Emergency Corps, responded to two boats that collided near Ebenezer Park in the county of Jasper.

One of the occupants on board, a 47-year-old man, died as a result of the accident. The crash is currently under investigation by the Texas Game Warden STORM team which is focusing on forensic reconstruction and mapping. No further details are available at this time until the investigation is complete.

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