LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — A fire broke out aboard a boat yesterday sending the operator into the waters of Lake of the Ozarks.

Ronald L. Pierce, 66, of Kansas City, Kan., was operating a 1987 Celebrity eastbound on the main channel at 3 p.m., May 15, when a fire of unknown origin prompted him to leave the vessel and jump into the water at the 60-mile marker of the main channel, according to the the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

Pierce was assisted by a conservation agent and no injuries have been reported. 

The boat was secured at the scene. The extent of the damage was not reported by the Highway Patrol.

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