Handcuffed man drowns after falling into Lake of the Ozarks

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by KMOV.com Staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 8:48 AM

GRAVOIS MILLS, Mo. (AP/ KMOV) -- An Iowa man is dead after either falling or jumping overboard from a Missouri State Highway Patrol boat that was transporting him from the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

The patrol says 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of Clive, Iowa, stood up on the moving vessel before going into the water at 5:23 p.m. Saturday.

The Missouri Highway Patrol told KMOV that the man, who was handcuffed at the time, was wearing a life vest, but the vest came off of him in the water.

Troopers immediately tried to rescue Ellingson, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

A patrol dive team recovered his body around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Ellingson was currently attending Arizona State University.

According to the school’s online directory, he was enrolled as a business student.

The Sigma Chai Fraternity’s Arizona-based chapter said on its Facebook page Sunday that Ellingson had been a member since 2012 and asked for prayers for his family.

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