Boating accident claims the life of UT nursing senior

Sarah White

A UT nursing senior from Austin was killed last weekend in a boating accident.

Quynh Pham, 21, was riding on a pontoon boat with members of her family, when she fell from the front at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday according to Jennifer Glynn Schlattle, spokeswoman for the Lower Colorado River Authority. Pham was pronounced dead after EMS officials responded to the scene. Officials said it was the first boating fatality on Lake Travis this year.

“They were pulling a tube behind the boat. When the operator turned to look at it, the boat hit a wave and [Pham] fell overboard,” Glynn Schlattle said.

There were 12 people on the boat celebrating a family birthday party at the time of the accident.

“No alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, and charges will not be filed,” Glynn Schlattle said.

She said Park Rangers headed the investigation of the accident and representatives of the LCRA responded to the scene with EMS officials.

Printed on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 as: UT nursing student suffers fatal boating accident