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  • Highway Patrol reports fatality vehicle crash and two drownings at Lake of the Ozarks

  • Following a relatively tame Memorial Day weekend that saw no major boating incidents, one man is dead and another presumed dead after two separate drowning incidents on the lake.
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  • Following a relatively tame Memorial Day weekend that saw no major boating incidents, one man is dead and another presumed dead after two separate drowning incidents on the lake.
    Rescue attempt goes wrong
    The body of a Columbia man was recovered after he entered the Lake of the Ozarks at 10:55 p.m. on Friday night near McCoy Branch Cove on the 2 mile marker.
    25-year-old Adam Pedego was riding in a 2009 Landau Pontoon driven by Rustin Reys, 30, of Kansas City, according to the Highway Patrol report.
    Three individuals entered the water in attempt to rescue a passenger that had fallen overboard when riding on the bow of the boat. After the passenger was rescued, one of the individuals that entered the water — Pedego — did not resurface.
    Sgt. Paul Reinsch with the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed that recovery of the body had been made on Saturday.
    Iowa man drowns after arrest
    A 20-year-old Clive, Iowa man’s body was found Sunday at the 3.5 mile marker. Brandon Ellingson was being transported for boating while intoxicated when he stood up in a moving Highway Patrol vessel, stepped to the edge of the starboard side of the boat and either fell or jumped overboard.
    The incident occurred on the 3.5 mile marker of the main channel of the Gravois Arm around 5:23 p.m. on Saturday night.
    Approximately twelve Highway Patrol officers worked the incident Saturday evening and Sunday.
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team discovered Ellingson’s body shortly before noon Sunday near where he was seen entering the water.
    Ellingson was handcuffed and wearing a life jacket when he went missing in approximately 80 feet of water late Saturday afternoon.
    According to Reinsch, the investigation is ongoing.
    Imperial, Mo. man dead after fiery wreck
    An Imperial, Mo. Man died in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon on Route MM in Sunrise Beach.
    The fatal crash occurred as a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Benjiman Kasper, 25, of Gravois Mills, crossed the center line into oncoming traffic around 1 p.m. near Chimney Road on Route MM. A 1998 Ford Explorer driven by Patrick Rayburn, 55, of Imperial, drove off the right side of the road in an attempt to avoid the other vehicle and struck Kasper’s vehicle head on.
    Rayburn’s vehicle overturned and caught fire. Units from the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District arrived and extinguished the fire. Rayburn was pronounced dead at the scene.
    According to Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly, several civilians who came upon the accident immediately after it occurred removed three victims from the vehicles at the scene. Reilly said two of the victims were flown to area hospitals and a third victim was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.
    Page 2 of 2 - A report filed by the Highway Patrol only lists Kasper and Rayburn as the subjects of the crash.
    Kasper was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia according to the Highway Patrol.
    Route MM was closed for several hours as a crash reconstruction unit investigated the wreck.
    The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District was assisted by units from the Lake Ozark and Gravois Fire Protection Districts, Lake West EMS, Camden County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Staff for Life and Mercy air ambulances services.
    This is Troop F’s eighth fatality in May and 23rd in 2014.
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