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Boat hits boulder on Meramec River, killing one man, injuring others near Fenton

Boat hits boulder on Meramec River, killing one man, injuring others near Fenton


UPDATED at 10 a.m. Monday with the name of the man who was killed.

FENTON — A 17-foot ski boat struck a boulder in the Meramec River near here Saturday night, killing one man and sending others to the hospital. 

Milos Marjanovic, 34, of Brookfield, Illinois, died at the scene.

The 9 p.m. accident happened in the dark, just downriver from George Winter Park. The boulder, about the size of an SUV, was on a shallow strip that juts out from a swimming area.  

“The boat kind of split in half,” Saline Valley Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Mike Wekenborg said.

He said Marjanovic was pronounced dead at a private river access point at the end of Schuessler Road. The five survivors, four men and one woman who ranged in age from 31 to 39, were taken to a hospital with an assortment of injuries, some minor and some serious. 

"A lot of bleeding but nothing critical,” Wekenborg said. 

Additional fire departments responded to the accident from Mehlville, Fenton and High Ridge. 

Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson said the accident is under investigation. A reconstruction of the crash was done Sunday morning. 

The boat was a white Bayliner with an outboard engine and canopy, according to photos taken by nearby residents. The residents said the boulder is an unofficial water gauge.

"If you are here with any frequency, that rock is fairly well-known," said Gary Wolfe, 68. "It's a bit of a landmark."

If the boulder is covered, he said, that usually means there is enough water in the Meramec to make it by boat to Arnold and the Mississippi River. The boulder hasn't been covered in recent weeks. 

"Once that rock shows, it's limited where you can go," Wolfe said. "You know the river is low."

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