One person dead after party boat carrying 53 capsizes in stormy waters

One man has died and another person injured after a two-storey party boat capsized during a storm in Texas, police have confirmed.

At 8.12pm on Saturday 14 August, the boat tipped over during the storm on Lake Conroe in the town of Conroe, around 40 miles from Houston.

53 passengers and crew were on board at the time of the incident.

Paramedics, firefighters, and police officers responded to the scene and were able to get the boat's passengers out of the water, which had – at that stage – been contaminated by the boat's diesel.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough took to Facebook to issue a statement that outlined the incident.

He wrote: "Rescue crews were able to get everyone out of the water. Out of 53 passengers and crew 2 were transported to the hospital. One in critical condition and one stable."

The man who was described in the statement as being in "critical condition" later died. He was identified as 80-year-old Karl Katzenberger and was pronounced dead by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Another person was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Although the cause of the boat capsizing is not known, authorities have said that weather was probably a factor.

"While the weather is thought to be the cause of the capsizing, the exact cause has not been determined and the entire incident is under investigation," Judge Keough wrote.

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The remaining passengers who had been on the party boat had to be sprayed down by rescuers due to coming into direct contact with diesel before they were allowed to leave the scene.

According to CNN, the boat is named the Lake Conroe Queen. It was built in 1986 and has travelled as far as Louisiana on party cruises.

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