WILLIS, Texas (FOX 26) -
A patrol deputy constable says three men were injured during a fishing trip on Lake Conroe when a passing boat caused a wave to capsize the fishing boat they were in. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Game Wardens have confirmed that one of those men has died.
The group was fishing off the Seven Coves peninsula when the boat capsized. All three of the men were wearing life vests and tried to swim to shore. Residents on Mail Sail Loop near Helm Court in the Willis area tried to help the three men reach the shore.
When one of the men lost consciousness, the residents began to give him CPR. Texas Game Wardens, North Montgomery County Fire Boat 94 and Montgomery County Precinct 1 Lake Patrol responded to the boat accident.
The game warden immediately continued the CPR effort until Montgomery County Hospital District emergency responders arrived. That man was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Pct. 1 Lake Patrol Lieutenant Tim Cade said all three men had vests on and the boat that threw the wave was not within the 100-foot limit of the medium-sized fishing boat.
As the sun sets on Lake Conroe things quiet down. The spot near Seven Coves was a different scene earlier Saturday, as paramedics and game wardens worked to revive a man who went fishing with two friends.
“They were fishing and a larger boat outside of the 100 foot rule, so he was legal but he was a much larger boat, threw a wake that capsized the vessel”, says Lt. Tim Cade. Montgomery County Precinct 1 authorities say all three men were wearing a life vest at the time. “One of the males who was wearing a life jacket came under some distress and when he did that he went unconscious”, says Lt. Cade.
Neighbors that live nearby ran to help the men as they reached shore. “Other passerby's stopped in, they got the male to the shoreline, they started CPR, the Texas Game Warden started CPR”, says Lt. Cade.
Jenny Almaraz describes what she saw, “the other two guys were fine, they were just sitting on the pier and I’m sure they were probably just in shock”. Everyone in the community was too after learning the news that after the man was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center, he died. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family, you know you always hate to hear something like that happen”, says Almaraz.