4 Rescued, Including 2 Children, After Boat Goes Over 150-Foot Dam In Texas


Saturday, April 7th 2007, 4:00 pm
By: News On 6


HOUSTON (AP) _ A boat carrying four people, including two boys ages 6 and 7, careened off a 150-foot dam on the Colorado River and became wedged near the bottom, authorities said.

The boaters were rescued Friday and two of them, including one child, were airlifted to a nearby hospital, Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers said.

The Matagorda County Sheriff's Office on Saturday identified the two adults as Shawn Allen Vincik and Alfred Ernest Tobola, both of Guy, Texas.

The recreation-style boat submerged into whitewater-speed rapids after going over the falls near Bay City, Eggers said. The Coast Guard's Houston office received a call from the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office before sunset Friday requesting help for the boaters.

``Our best guess is that they either lost steering or their engine died,'' he said. ``If your engine dies, there's no way to stop yourself from going over the dam.''

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the boys first before going back for the men.