2 die in separate weekend drownings at Lake of the Ozarks

2 die in separate weekend drownings at Lake of the Ozarks

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:37 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 10:40 AM

(KMOV) – Two people drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks in separate incidents over the weekend.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a passenger riding on the bow of a pontoon boat fell overboard at 10:55 p.m. Friday at the McCoy Branch Cove at the lake in Camden County. Adam Pedego, 28, was one of three people who jumped into the water to rescue the passenger.

The patrol says Pedego did not resurface after the passenger was rescued.

On Saturday, 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of Clive, Iowa, died 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.

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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