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Texas Woman Dead after Falling in Lake; 2 Friends Arrested as Drunk Trio was Boating in Lake: Authorities

Texas Woman Dead after Falling in Lake; 2 Friends Arrested as Drunk Trio was Boating in Lake: Authorities

Tragedy struck on July 4th when a woman lost her life due to a boating incident in Lake Conroe. Two individuals have been taken into custody for allegedly operating the boat while under the influence.

Montgomery County officials have identified Jerri MacMeekin, 31, as the victim of a drowning incident.

A man named Kyle MacMeekin, 29, was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated, according to reports. Shane Anniboli, aged 44, is also facing the same charge.

“It is always disheartening to have to rescue individuals from the water, especially during a holiday weekend when everyone should be having a good time and spending quality moments with their loved ones,” expressed Captain Miguel Rosario of the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office.

According to investigators, the two men were operating separate boats that happened to be traveling together right before the start of the holiday fireworks on the lake.

Montgomery County Precinct 1 – Lake Patrol reported an incident that occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Deputies received a call regarding individuals in the water at Lake Conroe.

Despite the efforts of three individuals who bravely leapt into the water to rescue Jerri MacMeekin after she fell off the boat, unfortunately, their attempts were unsuccessful, according to investigators.

Her body was eventually located with the assistance of Texas Game Wardens and Pct. 1, who utilized a sonar-equipped boat.

MacMeekin was recovered by divers around 11:30 p.m. According to investigators, she was not wearing a lifejacket.

“None of the divers I know have ever rescued someone wearing a life jacket,” Captain Rosario stated.

Anniboli and MacMeekin were both apprehended and faced charges for operating a boat under the influence.

In 2023, Texas Parks and Wildlife reported that game wardens apprehended a total of 172 individuals for boating while intoxicated. Out of these, 56 arrests were made during the July 4th holiday weekend alone, making up a significant 33% of all BWI arrests in the state within a mere three days.

“Many individuals fail to recognize their level of intoxication when it comes to operating a vessel,” stated Capt. Rosario. Enjoy your beverages in a responsible manner. Use common sense. Stay safe. Ensure you have a designated driver… Remember to wear a lifejacket if you’re drinking to ensure your safety in case of an accidental fall overboard.

Kyle MacMeekin’s bond was set at $3,000, while Anniboli was given a $1,000 bond, according to Click2Houston News.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the possibility of additional charges, but prosecutors assured KPRC 2′s Bryce Newberry that the investigation is still ongoing.

According to Capt. Rosario, it is important for boaters to have appropriate life jackets for all riders readily available and on board, as well as a ring buoy or similar device that is prepared for use. Additionally, a fire extinguisher and a Texas Parks and Wildlife Registration Card that identifies the vessel and owner should be on board.

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