LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — A Fenton, Mo. man has drowned after authorities say he fell overboard on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 78-year-old Ronald Miller fell overboard from a 2001 Skeeter bass boat at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, around the 30.8 Mile Marker. Miller was wearing a life jacket, according to the report, but was “unable to stay afloat and drowned.”
MSHP Sergeant Scott White explained Miller did have a life jacket on, but was unable to keep his head above water. A companion in the boat jumped into the water to try and help Miller get back in the boat, White reported, but he was unable to do so. The companion then reportedly tried to help Miller swim to a dock and get on a jet ski lift, but that did not work either. He called for help, but by the time authorities arrived, Miller had drowned.
White said it is unknown at this time whether Miller had a medical issue that prevented him from keeping his head above water. He also noted it was very “unusual” to have a drowning in which the person who drowned was wearing a life jacket.