A motorboat sank in Belton Lake on Wednesday morning as a rescue crew was towing the crippled vessel to shore.

“The bow is still sticking up out of the water,” said Arty Johnson, a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake.

Johnson said another park ranger and deputies from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a nearly 30-foot motorboat in the lake after an emergency call. The boat was taking on water when they arrived, and continued to take on water, sinking as they hauled it toward the Westcliff Park boat ramp, Johnson said. No injuries were reported.

Johnson said the sunken vessel is a recreational boat, but he did not know what the passengers on the boat were doing when it began to take on water nor did he know what caused it to sink.

By Wednesday afternoon, the boat was submerged about 100 feet away from the boat ramp.

“The boat owner is responsible” for retrieving the sunken boat, Johnson said.

A 911 call from someone on the boat was placed at 4 a.m., said Lt. Donnie Adams, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

He did not know how many people were aboard, either.

Contact Jacob Brooks at​ jbrooks@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468

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