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Body of missing swimmer recovered at Lake Travis during shoreline search

Witnesses said a swimmer failed to resurface after going underwater, and a second person jumped in to help.
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County Sherriff's Office Lake Patrol Unit has recovered the body of a missing swimmer. The body of 23-year-old Jacob Martinez was found during a shoreline search on the morning of Thursday, July, 15.

Martinez was reported missing in the Sandy Creek Arm of Lake Travis on Saturday, July 10. Martinez was found just north of where he was last seen.

TCSO conducted shoreline searches every day following the report. They were assisted by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Austin Police Department. TCSO's drone unit, an underwater vehicle and Texas Search & Rescue K9's also helped with the search. 

According to Austin-Travis County EMS, emergency services responded to a water rescue at 7715 Live Oak Avenue around 6 p.m. on July 10. Witnesses said a swimmer failed to resurface after going underwater, and a second person jumped in to help.

ATCEMS reported that the search for the missing swimmer turned to recovery mode nearly an hour later.

ATCEMS, Lake Travis Fire and Rescue, and STARFlight responded to the scene. The patient who jumped in after the missing swimmer was pulled from the water by ATCEMS medics and transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lakeway with minor injuries.

After an extensive search by rescue swimmers for the missing swimmer, ATCEMS said the incident transitioned to recovery mode. 

The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office is currently investigating the cause of death.

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