WASHINGTON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two people died Tuesday afternoon and a man's body was recovered Wednesday following separate incidents on Missouri waterways.
The first happened around 2:30 p.m. on the Big River in Washington County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 67-year-old Monica Boyer, of Cadet, was wading in the water when it became too deep and she slipped under. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Washington County Ambulance District personnel.
About 90 minutes later, Willis Hull, 87, drowned after his boat capsized on the James River south of Springfield, Missouri. The man from Mt. Vernon, Missouri was pronounced dead at the scene by Stone County Coroner John Cunnyngham.
Highway patrol states that Boyer and Hull were not wearing life jackets at the time they drowned.
In the evening hours, the search began on the Meramec River for a swimmer who jumped into the water from a train bridge and never resurfaced. Wednesday afternoon, Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said they recovered the man's body. He was later identified as 34-year-old Tarence Johnson of Orvil, Illinois.
There have been 34 deadly water accidents on Missouri waterways this year. Highway patrol reports a majority of the victims were not wearing life jackets.