Hidden dangers lurk under Lady Bird Lake
Two people were hospitalized Sunday after a woman jumped off the Barton Springs pedestrian bridge into Lady Bird Lake and landed on a kayak.
Austin Travis-County EMS said a woman in her 20s jumped from a bridge at 2000 Barton Springs Road and landed on a kayak occupied by a man in his 30s.
ATCEMS tweeted Sunday that the injuries were serious but not expected to be life threatening. No more details of the injuries were made public, but ATCEMS said Monday that the two were "fortunate" their injures weren't more severe given that the fall is 26 feet.
APD Lake Patrol assisted with the call and helped get at least one victim on a backboard.
Capt. Mike Benavides with ATCEMS said they typically get a minimum of two calls to that bridge a year, and in most cases someone sustained an injury.
"I thought it was going to be a lot of fun," said Kate Gabel reminiscing about jumping from the bridge years ago "But the depth is different, there are boulders everywhere, tons of people kayaking and paddle boarding."
ATCEMS said what adds to the danger for those looking to jump from the bridge, is not knowing what lies underneath the surface of the water. Capt. Benavides also said one of their responding medics had to jump into the water.
Swimming in Lady Bird Lake and jumping from the bridge are both illegal. A city ordinance states if caught jumping into Lady Bird Lake from a bridge, one could face a fine that's no less than $25 and no more than $75.