Deputies: Man drowns in Lake Conroe after jumping off party barge

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by Marcelino Benito / KHOU 11 News and KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 9:41 AM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A 26-year-old man is dead after jumping from the second deck of a party boat and drowning in Lake Conroe Saturday night, deputies said.

According to the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constables Lake Patrol, deputies, the Lake Conroe Fire Department and the North Montgomery County Fire Department were called out to the April Sound Marina after a report of a possible drowning just after 8:30 p.m.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they were told that a 26-year-old Ross Lehmberg, of Mason, Texas, had been with a group of almost 50 Texas A&M fraternity members on the Conroe Boat Rental party barge.

The fraternity brothers said Lehmberg jumped off the second deck into the water. On the way to the water he struck the lower deck.

Lehmberg went under and did not resurface, witnesses said. Several fraternity members jumped into the water in attempt to save him, but were unable to locate the student.

Precinct 1 dive teams were dispatched and worked in the wind blown choppy water until 12:30 a.m. when Lehmberg was recovered.

Lehmberg graduated from Texas A&M in 2011.

Zack Villasana, one of Lehmberg’s closest friends, says he was supposed to join Ross on this trip, but decided not to go. He describes Lehmberg as a genuinely good person, a fun-loving guy who made friends everywhere he went. He last saw him a couple days ago when they went to see the new Spiderman movie.

Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack responded to the scene and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.

The barge was escorted by Precinct 1 deputies to the April Plaza Marina where they were assisted by both the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office in getting statements from each fraternity member before they boarded the bus for the trip back to College Station.

Lt. Tim Cade with the Lake Patrol said there was alcohol onboard at the time of the incident.

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