A man is dead and a woman is in extremely critical condition following a late Tuesday night boat crash on the waters of Lake Sam Rayburn. Meanwhile, two children who were in the vessel are believed to be in very serious condition with head injuries.
It happened shortly before 11:00 just offshore from the Twin Dykes Boat Ramp. Jasper County Sheriff's Department dispatchers said they received a 911 call from a child on a cell phone who told them that she didn't know what had happened, but the two adults in the boat were unconscious and the boat was filled with glass and was taking on water.
Deputies, along with Rayburn First Responders and firefighters arrived a short time later and used a boat to reach the injured people, and a firefighter guided the damaged boat to the ramp.
Unfortunately, the man died shortly after they reached the boat ramp, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Brett Holloway.
The woman, who never regained consciousness, had massive head trauma and she was taken by ambulance to the Rayburn Clinic on Recreational Road 255, and then flown by a medical helicopter to a Beaumont hospital.
The two female children, age 11 and approximately 6, were transported by ambulance to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital, and it was expected that the 11-year-old would probably be transferred to a Beaumont or Houston hospital.
Although it was initially speculated that the boat hit a small island, emergency personnel at the scene became very concerned that the boat may have struck another vessel due to no dirt or debris on the damaged area. So the Jasper County Emergency Corps launched one of their boats and began searching the water for any sign of another boat.
As of early Wednesday morning, that search was continuing.
The names of those involved are not known, and the children were unable to provide any information due to their injuries. Emergency responders said the adults had no identification on them, and at last word they were searching all boat ramps for a vehicle and boat trailer, but as of early Wednesday morning they had not found anything.
The accident is being investigated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Justin Eddins, and it's hoped that more information will be available on Wednesday.