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Dallas Proposes Changes After Lake Rescue

The city of Dallas says it will find ways to make boat ramps more visible at Elgin Robertson Park as soon as possible. Early Saturday morning, two women, lost and looking for an I-30 access road, turned onto a boat ramp, drove into Lake Ray Hubbard, and were rescued moments before their car sank.

Lt. Dave Davis is with the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Department.

Davis: The lighting out there is worse than poor. It’s almost non-existent, particularly in the area of the boat ramps. Ah, it’s very easy to look at that ramp and think oh, there’s the entrance ramp to the freeway. And you start down it and before you know it the front of your car is under water.

Dallas owns the park, but Rockwall Sheriff’s deputies do routine patrols. Deputy Keven Rowan spotted the car, swam to it, broke a window and brought the women to shore seconds before the car sank. Lt. Davis says the women, ages 20 and 21, did not know how to swim.

BJ Austin, KERA News

From City Of Dallas: "The Park and Recreation Department is evaluating the existing conditions at the boat ramp at Elgin B. Robertson Park and developing a plan to enhance visibility. Such actions to enhance visibility may include several options such as 1) replacement of existing signage; 2) addition of new reflective signage; 3) installation of pavement markings; 4) installation of road humps or rumble buttons; and 5) installation of barricades as where necessary.  The enhancements that are determined to be most appropriate will be implemented as soon as possible. "

 

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