Jerri MacMeekin (FB)

2 Men Charged With BWI After Woman Falls Off Boat And Drowns On 4th Of July

Jerri MacMeekin (FB)
Jerri MacMeekin (FB)

A festive Fourth of July celebration turned tragic on Lake Conroe, Texas, when a 31-year-old woman, Jerri MacMeekin, drowned after falling from a boat.

In the aftermath of the incident, two men, Kyle MacMeekin, 29 (the victim’s brother), and Shane Annboli, 44, have been charged with boating while intoxicated (BWI).

According to the Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constable’s Office, authorities received a distress call around 8:59 p.m. on July 4th reporting that a woman had fallen overboard near the Scott’s Ridge Boat Ramp. Multiple agencies responded, and divers located MacMeekin’s body at 11:30 p.m.

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Details surrounding the incident remain under investigation. However, reports indicate that two boats, including a pontoon boat, were operating together when the incident occurred. Two men and another woman reportedly jumped into the water to attempt a rescue but were unsuccessful.

The two men, identified as MacMeekin and Annboli, were taken into custody by Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens on July 4th. They have since been released on bond.

The Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constable’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic event. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of boating safety and the dangers of operating watercraft under the influence of alcohol.

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