The Gun Barrel City Fire Department responded to two accidents on Cedar Creek Lake Saturday, July 6, with reports of victims in the water.

At 6:19 p.m., the Fire Department responded to a collision of two jet skis in the 100 block of Westshore Drive with two injured men in the water. Alert neighbors called 911 and several people jumped into the water to assist the jet skiers.  

Upon arrival, the rescue crews worked with local residents to get the jet skiers and jet skis back to the dock. Firefighters thoroughly searched the area to make sure there were no additional victims in the water. Firefighters were assisted by the Gun Barrel City Police Department and EMS from UT Health.

One jet skier was checked by EMS at the scene but declined to be transported to the hospital.  The Gun Barrel City Police Department and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife are investigating the accident.

At 9:28 p.m., The Gun Barrel Fire Department, along with the Gun Barrel Police Department, responded to a capsized boat at the Tom Finley boat launch with two boaters in the water.  Fellow boaters were able to get the victims out of the water prior to the arrival of Gun Barrel City rescue boat.   There were no reported injuries to the boaters. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife stayed on scene until a local boat towing company could remove the boat from the water.

On Thursday, July 4, the Gun Barrel City Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request from the city of Kemp to a large structure fire at a lumber supply company on highway 175.  Gun Barrel City responded with two Fire Engines, a Water Tanker, an Assistant Chief and several Fire Fighters. One Gun Barrel City Fire Fighter experienced heat related illness and was treated at the scene by CareFlite EMS.

Friday, July 5, at 5:02 a.m. The Gun Barrel City Fire Department responded to a dock fire in the 200 block of Loon Bay Drive. The dock was heavily damaged.

Said Chief Joseph Lindaman, “ Our Fire Fighters were very busy over the Fourth of July Holiday responding to four major incidents and at the same time helping the other city departments at July Fest.  I would like to thank the Fire Fighters for their quick and professional response to the major incidents and for helping to ensure the citizens and visitors, attending July Fest had a safe and enjoyable time.  I would also like thank Assistant Chief Jason Raney for his leadership at the two fires and for leading the fire department’s effort at July Fest.” Chief Lindaman continued, “ I would like to remind all of those who are participating in activities on or near Cedar Creek Lake to always wear a life jacket.”

Recommended for you