Lake Buchanan


Storm strands boat passengers

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Todd Boyd/Special to The Highlander
About 75 people were temporarily stranded June 9 when the Vanishing Texas River Cruise touring vessel took on water and made its way to Shaw Island on its route in Lake Buchanan as storm-like conditions swept into the area.





Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Nearly 75 passengers on a river boat cruise on Lake Buchanan experienced some tense moments as a brief but severe thunderstorm swept into the Highland Lakes June 9 and stranded the tourists on a remote peninsula on the waterway.

Overall, the weather event which included 65 mile per hour winds uprooted trees, caused power outages, damaged property and drenched the area for at least an hour.

The Vanishing Texas River Cruise tour boat – on a regular tour which travels for miles up the lake and into the Colorado River channel – began experiencing engine issues just after 6 p.m. that evening as choppy conditions began pelting the multi-story vessel.

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