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A 20-year-old Iowa man died on May 31, 2014, while in the custody of a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper on the Lake of the Ozarks. Brandon Ellingson, stopped for suspicion of boating while intoxicated, was being transported to a patrol zone office when he fell – or, as the patrol initially said, jumped – from the trooper’s boat. His wrists were locked in handcuffs behind his back, and the life vest the trooper had placed over his head soon came off. Ellingson struggled to keep his head above water for several minutes before slipping to the bottom of the lake. Subsequent reporting revealed a series of mistakes by the trooper, a road veteran who had not received proper training to work the water after the Missouri Water Patrol was merged into the Highway Patrol in 2011.
The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is the third-most accident-prone waterway in the U.S., after the Atlantic Ocean and the Colorado river, according to U.S. Coast Guard boating accident data from 1995-2004.
Missouri has the most alcohol related boating accidents of any state. The authors crunched the numbers, looked for possible reasons for the high rate of accidents, and discussed legal options to encourage less drinking on the lakes.
This investigation by reporters at the Columbia Daily Tribune discovers the truth about the dangers of recreational boating at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. During the course of the investigation, the Tribune discovered that the Lake of the Ozarks is the third most dangerous body of water in the country, worse than that of the Pacific Coast and Gulf of Mexico.