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Illinois boy, 13, drowns at Lake of the Ozarks on Fourth of July

Illinois boy, 13, drowns at Lake of the Ozarks on Fourth of July

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Boy, 13, drowns at Lake of the Ozarks

This Missouri Highway Patrol photo shows searchers looking for a 13-year-old boy who drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks on July 4, 2018.

UPDATED at 10:55 a.m. Thursday with statewide totals on drownings and boat crashes during holiday counting period.

A 13-year-old boy from Illinois drowned on the Fourth of July at the Lake of the Ozarks. He was the fifth person to die at the Lake of the Ozarks this year. 

The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the victim as Eric A. Dietrich, of Geneseo, Ill. Geneseo is in Henry County about 200 miles north of St. Louis. 

Police say Eric jumped from a 2017 Cobalt Runabout boat in the Salt Hollow Cove at the Lake of the Ozarks about 4 p.m. Wednesday. He apparently suffered a medical condition and did not resurface, the Highway Patrol said. 

Searchers with the Osage Beach Fire & Mid-County Fire recovered his body at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Police say he was in the area of the 21-mile marker of the Osage Arm in Salt Hollow Cove. The area is in Camden County.

Eric was not wearing a life jacket. Police say the boat had been stationary when he jumped into the water. No one else was listed in the patrol's report so it wasn't clear if Eric was alone at the time. The patrol's spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The boy was the fifth person to die this year at Lake of the Ozarks, according to online records compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Three of the five were killed in a boating crash.

On May 19, three adults from Kansas were killed and two others were injured when they were thrown from a boat that hit a rock bluff at the Lake of the Ozarks' 47.5 mile mark. Officials identified the victims who died as Hailey M. Hochanadel, 21, of Olathe, Kan., Joseph J. Lemark, 23, of Overland Park, Kan., and Daniel R. Lewis, 24, of Overland Park, Kan.

On March 7, Jason N. Charlton of 44, of Urbana, Mo., died after falling off a small fishing boat at the 91-mile marker of the lake.

Eric's drowning on the Fourth of July was the second drowning statewide during the Missouri Highway Patrol's holiday counting period, which ran from 6 p.m. Tuesday to midnight Wednesday. Cole J. Duffell, 19, of Chesterfield, drowned after he jumped off an embankment into a quarry in Madison County north of Fredericktown.

Also on the waterways patrolled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were five boat crashes, eight drug arrests and three incidents in which someone was arrested for boating while intoxicated during the holiday counting period.

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