Woman Dies While Boating on the Fourth of July. Now 2 Men Have Been Charged with Boating While Intoxicated

Authorities said they received a call about a woman who had "fallen off a boat" in Texas' Lake Conroe earlier this week

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Authorities in Texas are investigating a Fourth of July drowning after a woman fell off a boat and died.

The Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constable announced this week that it received a 911 call around 8:59 p.m. local time on Thursday about a woman who had "fallen off a boat near the Scott’s Ridge Boat Ramp" in Lake Conroe.

At the time, multiple departments "responded to the area" and the woman was located by divers at 11:30 p.m.

The woman has since been identified as 31-year-old Jerri MacMeekin, authorities told PEOPLE. Two men — Jerri's brother, Kyle MacMeekin, 29, and Shane Annboli, 44 — were taken into custody on July 4 by Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens and each charged with boating while intoxicated.

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After arriving on the scene, authorities learned that two boats — including one pontoon boat — had been running together, and two men and a woman jumped in the water to rescue Jerri, though they could not locate her, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, which cited police records. (The woman who jumped in for the rescue was also reportedly missing at one point, the outlet said.)

After that woman was located about an hour later, divers then found the body of Jerri, according to the Police Reporter.

The operators of both boats were then arrested and booked in Montgomery County Jail, per the Police Reporter. Both men and their reported charges do not appear on the jail's current inmate list.

According to records obtained by the Police Reporter, Kyle had a bond of $3,000, while Anniboli was given a $1,000 bond. Law & Crime reported that both men have since been released from custody.

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“We never enjoy pulling people out of the water, especially on a holiday weekend when you’re supposed to be having fun, enjoying time with your family,” Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office Capt. Miguel Rosario said, per NBC affiliate KPRC.

Jerri was reportedly not wearing a life jacket when she was pulled out of the water, according to the outlet.

“All the divers I know, they’ve never pulled anybody out of the water that’s been wearing a life jacket,” Capt. Rosario said.

In a statement at the end of the Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constable's Facebook post, Philip Cash expressed his "deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim."

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