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Stephen Hill drowns after canoe hits root wad in Current River

4:04 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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DONIPHAN, Mo. (KSDK) - An Arkansas man has drowned while canoeing in the Current River in southeast Missouri.

Missouri State Water Patrol officials report around 11:15 a.m. yesterday two men in a 16-foot canoe were floating southbound along the river near the Mark Twain National Forest when the canoe hit a root wad.

The impact caused the canoe to capsize, throwing both men into the water.  Authorities say Stephen Hill, 57 of Paragould drowned in the river.  The other passenger in the boat was able to swim safely to the shore.

Hill's body was recovered from the after a short time later.  He was pronounced dead at a area hospital just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

A root wad is described as the lower trunk root system of a fallen tree that often times becomes tangled with mud and rocks, and is an excellent microhabitat for fish and other aquatic life in rivers and streams.


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