Man who drowned in the Big River identified

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HOUSE SPRINGS, MO (KTVI) – A deadly end to a swimming trip on one of the hottest days of the year, and this isn't the first time tragedy has struck Rockford Beach Park.

Several drownings have occurred in the past at Rockford Beach Park, but authorities were hopeful that people were listening to the warning.   In 2013, no drownings were reported. That all changed Tuesday when a St. Louis County man tragically lost his life.

The victim has been identified as  Scott J. Doss. He was 20 years old.

Cara Mansfield is from High Ridge and knows all too well the dangers of swimming in this river. But that didn`t stop her and her brother from coming down and swimming here today. But Cara says she`s never seen anything like this here before.  Family and friends mourning a life taken too soon.

Around 1:30 pm, authorities received a 911 call that Doss was sucked under a current and never resurfaced.

As divers searched for the him, loved ones sat by helplessly, their worst fears confirmed hours later when they found his body.

Authorities want people to be more aware of the warnings that are posted around the park stating strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions.

I spoke with a father who said people should not be able to swim at the park, people pay to get into this park to swim. That`s how popular this park is, but on the park`s website states specifically, “There are no life guards, Swim at your own risk.”

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7 comments

  • MS

    Should the title say “Man who drowned” not “man who drowning”? Makes it sound like he is still drowning. Also, should second paragraph should say “Several drownings” not “several drowning”…ugh…I’m done.

  • anonymous

    Lesson Here….Stop swimming in water that you can not see you’re feet in. I have never understood why people do this.

  • Anonymous

    Someone obviously corrected a lot of the grammar issues. Earlier today is said that family and friends were “morning” a life taken so soon.
    How do these people have jobs??

  • Qwertyuiop

    Wow. You all have got to be some of the most insensitive people I’ve ever seen. This poor boy (that I personally know) has drowned and all you’re worried about are the typing errors… Who the hell cares?! Complain about it somewhere else, this is not the appropriate time OR place.

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