TEXSAR K-9 Team Assists Travis County Sheriff’s Office in Lake Travis Recovery Search

“On Saturday February 22, 2014 at approximately 2330 hours, a boater in the vicinity of Hatter Cove in Lake Travis observed a fisherman on a dock fall into the water.”

Hatter Cove Canine Search

A search effort was immediately launched, led by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.  Unfortunately, two days of underwater searching, hampered by low water temperatures, poor visibility, and numerous in-water obstacles, yielded no results.  Sheriff Deputies decided to try a different approach and contacted TEXSAR to request the service of our team’s human remains detection (HRD) canines and handlers.

On the morning of Tuesday, February 25, TEXSAR responded with four certified canines and seven search and rescue personnel.  The team was loaded onto Lake Patrol vessels and went to work.  In short order, the dogs alerted to a specific location on the water.  A Sea Otter underwater remotely operated vehicle was deployed, locating the man’s body in approximately 25 feet of water.

Hatter Cove Dogs on DockLieutenant Jose Escribano of the Travis County Sheriff’s office had this to say regarding the results that were achieved by the TEXSAR canines: “I have to say that in all my 32 years with the Sheriff’s Office, I have never seen anything close to what I observed that morning. I will admit I was a bit skeptical as with anything new, but I assure you that is no longer the case.”

The quick results of this search demonstrate the extraordinary capabilities of our canine assets within TEXSAR as well as our team’s ability to interface seamlessly with law enforcement.  We are proud to have played a part in bringing closure to this tragedy.

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