When troopers arrived in the area, they found in the darkness three injured people, two on the Morgan County side and one on the Camden County side. A fourth person was missing.

The timeline for an overnight boat crash that left a Nebraska man dead and three others injured shows a tragic scene in the aftermath. 

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F spokesperson Sgt. Scott White, Troop A received the initial call on the boating accident that killed Daniel L. Walters, 43, of Battle Creek, Neb. 

At 9:26 p.m. April 13, Troop A received the initial call and sent troopers to the scene. They initially were handling the call because it was reported to be in Benton County which is in the Troop A region.

At 10:31 p.m., Troop F was also notified with the accident being right on the Troop A/Troop F line (Morgan and Camden counties). Troop F also responded.   

Troop F ended up taking the incident because it was determined to be in Camden County. The location was in a fairly remote location and at an intersection of jurisdictions.

According to Sgt. White, someone was apparently fishing in the area and heard people calling for help and reported it.

When troopers arrived in the area, they found in the darkness three injured people, two on the Morgan County side and one on the Camden County side. A fourth person was missing.

At 12:06 a.m. April 14, a trooper located the boat, said White, and around 2:30 a.m., they located the body of the victim in shallow water next to the shoreline. 

Daniel L. Walters, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:20 a.m. April 14 by Camden County Medical Examiner Anne Wilson. 

Three others in the 1995 Sylvan Utility vessel were injured, one with injuries described as serious in the Missouri State Highway Patrol boating incident report. 

Darryn Keith, 48, of Pierce, Neb. suffered serious injuries and flown by air ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Andrew Hrabanek, 51, and Dan K. Young, 51, both also from Battle Creek, Neb. received injuries described as moderate and were taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

According to the incident report, the grounding occurred as the vessel was traveling upstream, heading southwest, at a high rate of speed and struck the shoreline in Camden County. 

This was Troop F region’s first boating fatality for April and its first of 2017.

Multiple troopers responded to the scene and assisted with the response and investigation. 

It is unknown at this time who was operating the vessel at the time of the crash. The incident report also indicated none of the men were wearing life jackets.