Two weekend drownings at the Lake of the Ozarks

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO (KTVI)-An Iowa man is missing and presumed dead in the Lake of the Ozarks. Around 5:20pm Saturday, Brandon Ellingson, 20, of Clive, IA, was being transported for boating while intoxicated when he stood up in the boat, stepped to the edge, and either fell or jumped overboard.

The incident occurred in the main channel of the Gravois Arm and is considered a drowning by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

On Friday night, a Columbia, MO man drowned after helping rescue a friend who fell overboard at the Lake of the Ozarks. Just before 11:00pm, in the McCoy Branch Cove, a person riding on the bow of a pontoon boat fell overboard. Adam K. Pedego, 28, and two other people jumped in the water to attempt a rescue. The passenger was rescued, but Pedego did not resurface. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that a body recovered from the lake Saturday was identified Pedego.

6 comments

    • Bryan

      read it again, he had one on, its not the police fault he broke the law, if had ran your families boat over and killed your family because he was drunk a life jacket would be the last thing on your mind right now…..

      • Kirk

        Read it again. Suspected drunk boating, there was no field sobriety test or breathalizer administered. A man does not drown if he has a life jacket on securely. Once you cuff a person you assume their safety and this guy drowned. Watch and wait for the facts to come out. The preverbial excrement is going to hit the fan and Missouri is going to be paying out millions of dollars. The official police report says that he may have jumped!!! This is to c.y.a. They know that he did not jump.
        I know people who were witnesses and that is the farthest thing from the truth. This is truly a travesty and could have been completely avoided had the officer acted responsibly.

  • Samiam

    This is complete negligence on part of authorities. There were eyewitnesses and pics taken. Life jacket was not placed securely. Even if he was drinking which has not been determined cause no tests were administered the kid did not deserve to die.

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