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Low Water Levels Causing Major Lake Hazards

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dan Malak has been sailing his boat, Orion, on Lake Ray Hubbard for 25 years.

“Never had anything close to this happen,” he said. He was racing Saturday evening, when a submerged tree branch punched a hole through the bottom of the boat. Water quickly filled the inside.

“We just hit a massive tree in about 23 feet of water,” he said. “That’s not supposed to happen, but it did.”

A persistent drought has kept lake levels low throughout the state, exposing new underwater hazards for boaters.

“This is lower than I’ve ever seen them,” said Malak.

Lake Ray Hubbard is now almost six feet below normal.

Thursday, a man ran a motor boat onto an exposed sand bar in the lake. He and his four daughters had to be rescued.

This weekend, on Lake Worth, police say the low water level allowed a 16 year old and his 24 year old uncle to wade 75 to 100 yards offshore.

The teen, who couldn’t swim, stepped off a ledge and into 12-feet of water. His uncle, who also couldn’t swim, tried to save him. Both drowned.

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