The boat capsized at 8:12 p.m. during a strong thunderstorm on Lake Conroe. There were 53 people on board and officials from several agencies responded to rescue the occupants from the water, the statement said.
Karl Katzenberger, 80, who was from Montgomery, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead, according to the Parks and Wildlife Department. A second person was taken to the hospital in stable condition, Keough said.
“While weather is thought to be the cause of the capsizing, the exact cause has not been determined and the entire incident is under investigation,” he added.
After the rescue, passengers were decontaminated to remove the diesel before they were taken back to their cars.
“Several Lake Patrol and Fire Crews who work the lake year round and some for many years have said they have never seen a scene this large on the lake,” Keough wrote. “So much bravery and teamwork tonight helped save so many from what could have been a complete disaster and a mass rescue operation didn’t turn into a mass casualty event.”