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One man is dead and another reportedly in serious condition after a boating accident Friday night at the Double D Ranch in Rosanky, Donna Van Gilder, Bastrop County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace, said on Saturday.

Van Gilder said two men, John Russell Roy, 54, of Friendswood, who died in the accident, and David Fentress, were out on lake on the ranch Friday night when they hit a concrete water intake. She said Roy’s body was recovered after the lake was dragged by a Texas Parks and Wildlife team. Fentress, who was seriously injured and transported to an Austin hospital after he made a long walk back to the ranch’s guest quarters to report the accident, Van Gilder said.

Van Gilder said the boat had no lights on it and that there was “evidence of alcohol on the boat.” She said the concrete intake was a few yards offshore.

She said the two men were part of a group of five friends from the Houston area who were visiting the ranch, an animal-specialty ranch. She said the other members of the group were back at guest quarters asleep. She said an autopsy would be performed on Roy.


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