Jeramie Hall, a 32-year-old Stephenville resident, drowned Thursday at Proctor Lake after he pretended to friends to be drowning shortly before he actually did, authorities said.
“Jeramie Hall had been swimming and began acting as though he was drowning,” Comanche County Sheriff’s Deputy Duane Fuquay said. “The people with Hall swam out, and pulled him closer to the shore, and when it became apparent that he was simply acting, they told him to stop.”
Hall then swam out into the lake a second time and began acting as though he was drowning again, but this time his companions ignored him until they realized he had quit making noise, authorities said. Hall’s brother, Roger Johnson, 26, and cousin, Krystal Kilcrease, 23, retrieved him from the water. After the pair determined he was not breathing they contacted 911.
“Alcohol consumption was a factor in Hall’s death,” Fuquay said. “There was a large amount of alcohol in coolers and visibly scattered about. The people with him appeared inebriated.”
Sgt. Robert Jolley responded to the call and when he arrived, a volunteer fireman was administering CPR to Hall.
According to Fuquay, no one in the group had life jackets.
Hall was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Koenig.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. at the Foley’s Addition boat ramp.
ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 965-3124,ext. 238