Authorities identify drowning victim in Lake of the Ozarks

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

VERSAILLES, MO. - Authorities have identified a man who drowned while trying to save a struggling swimmer at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Water Patrol Division identified the victim as 67-year-old Ernest C. Ekstam of Gravois Mills.

The patrol says Ekstam jumped into the Lake of the Ozarks around 6 p.m. Friday near the .3 mile marker of the Gravois Arm. Ekstam then began to struggle himself.

A life jacket was thrown to him, but he lost conscious. He was pulled into a passing boat and pronounced dead at the scene.

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