At 9:07 pm Montgomery County 911 took a call from a boater who stated they had been involved in a collision on Lake Conroe north of the dam. They reported one woman was in the water and had not been seen since the crash. Another male passenger pulled several children out of the water, all of which had severe injuries. They also reported two men from another boat were in the water.
North Montgomery County Fire Rescue Boat 94 was first on the scene followed by multiple Montgomery County Precinct 1 Lake Patrol units.
Lt Cade with the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Lake Patrol reported a 29-year-old female was thrown from their pleasure boat after it was struck by a Skeeter bass boat. That female is still missing and the dive team just called off the search for the night at 330am. Cade said a bass boat involved in a fishing tournament had just left the East Beach area of Lake Conroe. As they rounded the corner of the point the bass boat slammed into a large pleasure boat. Both the driver and passenger of the bass boat were ejected but had life vests. The impact almost cut the pleasure boat in two.
Very early in the investigation, the two on the bass boat say they did not see any lights on the pleasure boat, however, further investigation is needed to determine if indeed they were not on.
PHI Air Medical transported an approximately 10-year-old boy in very critical condition. Another PHI helicopter transported a 3-year-old female. In all, there were four adults and 4 children on the pleasure boat.
Montgomery County hospital District and Lake Conroe Fire Department assisted as the injured were brought to a staging area near Beach Walk and SH 105 where boat ramps, docks, and a large enough area to land helicopters were available.
Tow Boats USA towed the bass boat in, it was heavily damaged. The pleasure boat was almost cut in half and cracked below the waterline. Tow Boats USA had to plug the crack and pump the boat out before they towed it to shore. Both boats were put in secure storage by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office who assisted in the investigation.
Montgomery County Precinct 1, Texas Parks and Wildlife, North Montgomery County Fire Department, and Vernon Miller a well-known diver who knows almost every inch of Lake Conroe. A Coast Guard helicopter from Ellington Field in Houston was also dispatched to the scene.
Officials do not believe alcohol played a factor in the crash.
Names are not being released as officials are still attempting to positively identify each person involved.
One of the victims of the Bass Boat has been identified as Josh Ward, a country music singer/songwriter from Montgomery. He was a passenger on the bass boat. According to his wife Heather, he has no internal injuries, has a fractured elbow and will need to see an orthopedic. He has been released from the hospital and is home. She also stated the driver of the boat, Ward’s friend Andrew is banged up but ok.