Oklahoma man drowns at Lake of the Ozarks

Friday, April 22, 2011 | 11:15 a.m. CDT

OSAGE BEACH  — One man is dead but another managed to swim to safety after they were thrown from a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Water Patrol says the two tumbled into the water Thursday when their 18-foot fishing boat struck two cruiser wakes.

The boat's operator, a 39-year-old Kansas man, was able to swim to shore, according to the patrol. But William Ray, 53, of Newcastle, Okla., didn't make it.

A fire boat pulled Ray from the water. He was taken to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead about 90 minutes after the accident.

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Bill Holder April 22, 2011 | 6:30 p.m.

This death should have never happened. The Lake of The Ozarks has cruisers that do not belong on this narrow lake. Many people have been injured, and died by these huge wakes. Many are owned by lobbyists from Jefferson City, and used to entertain our elected officials in Jefferson City.
Bass Tournaments put a lot of dollars in the Lake of the Ozarks economy. They should put economic pressure on Lake of the Ozarks officials to do something about the huge wakes, or take their tournaments where the water is safer.

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