LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — An Illinois man was killed in a bizarre accident on Lake of the Ozarks, Wednesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, two people were anchored in a cove, around the 20 Mile Marker, in a 1998 Four Winns 240. At around 5 p.m., they reportedly began to leave the cove, with 55-year-old Craig Gathmann, of Mainto, Ill. driving the boat. However, MSHP Sergeant Scott White explained, they apparently forgot to pull up the anchor.

White said according to the incident report and the trooper who responded to the scene, witnesses nearby had been trying to wave and alert the boater that they were pulling something in the water, but to no avail. From what investigators could determine, White said the anchor began to rise in the water as the boat gained speed and tension on the anchor line increased. When the anchor broke through the surface of the water, the Patrol believes the tension on the line created a slingshot effect and propelled the anchor toward the boat.

It struck Gathmann, the Patrol says, killing him. Emergency responders were told that someone on scene was attempting to perform CPR on Gathmann. He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m.


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