Prairie View A&M student drowns day before birthday while tubing on Lake Conroe

CONROE, Texas (KTRK) -- A Prairie View A&M University student drowned in Lake Conroe Sunday night, one day before her birthday, while boating with friends and family, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office deputies said.

Deputies identified the student as 20-year-old Aerial Mone Cann Nechoal Grant.

According to PVAMU officials, Grant was a student in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology, and was majoring in criminal justice. She was also on the school's dean's list.

"There are no words that can explain the disheartening and unexpected news we received about the homegoing of a fellow panther, friend, sister, and daughter," read a statement released by PVAMU's Student Government Association. "She had a vibrant, cheerful, and positive personality that impacted the ones around her."

This is already the second drowning on Lake Conroe this year.

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Investigators said waters were choppy Sunday night and it was windy. Montgomery County Precinct 1 deputies said Grant was on a tube being pulled by a boat. The boat stopped and Grant went under in the Atkins Creek section of Lake Conroe around 6:30 p.m., according to deputies.

Friends and family on the boat saw it happen and immediately called 911. After about four hours of searching, divers found Grant.

"No, she didn't have a life jacket on, and she was in about 20 feet of water. During that time the wind had picked up. We had choppy water on the lake," Constable Phillip Cash said. "You know, a life jacket probably would have prevented this."

Officials are urging if you're on the lake, you need to wear a life jacket. Weather and water conditions can change very quickly.

Meanwhile, school officials are providing student counseling services for any PVAMU student in need.

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