Man missing after cabin cruiser with 12 passengers aboard sinks on Eagle Mountain Lake

Posted Monday, Oct. 15, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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Authorities are searching for a 51-year-old man who has been missing since late Sunday afternoon when his 26-foot cabin cruiser sank on Eagle Mountain Lake after being struck by a large wave.

Witnesses said the man may have swum back into the boat just before it sank, according to a Tarrant Regional Water District report.

The boat, which had up to 12 passengers on board, was struck by a large wave southeast of the Fort Worth Boat Club about 5 p.m. Sunday.

A witness said the cabin cruiser, which had been sitting idle, accelerated as the wave struck and began to roll to one side and take on water. All of the other passengers were rescued by nearby boats.

After the accident, water district officials and state game wardens "secured the bow of the vessel which had sunk stern down, in a vertical position and was partially buoyant in 38 feet of water," according to the report. The vessel later sank below the water but was still tethered to water district boats.

At 9 p.m. Sunday, divers entered the sunken boat and were unable to find the missing man after searching the cabin and cockpit area. Officials do not believe the man is inside the boat. The man's identity has not been released.

The search resumed Monday morning and is ongoing.

Bill Hanna, (817) -390

Twitter: @fwhanna

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