Man nearly drowns in Meramec River after seeing how deep he could go

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 10:37 AM

FENTON, Mo (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis man was pulled out of the Meramec River just south George Winter Park near Fenton Wednesday.

Gerald Shockley,54, was swimming at Points Peak around 4 p.m. and kept going deeper underwater to see how far down he could go.

Police said on his fourth attempt, he resurfaced face down.

After he was pulled out of the water, rescuers performed CPR on the man, who was reportedly coughing up water.

He was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in critical condition.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the incident and says alcohol was likely involved.

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