By Crystal Britt
CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A family who appears to have been camping deals with an unthinkable tragedy.
According to the Missouri Water Patrol, a 14 year old boy drowned Sunday morning around 8:45a.m. on the Current River. It happened near the Big Springs campground in Van Buren.
Officials identify the victim as 14 year old Nicholas Bosecker of Mounds, IL. The boy was apparently swimming with family as they were getting out of the water.
"It happened in an area where the rivers narrows and the current is very swift," said Dave Nelson with the Missouri Water Patrol.
Bosecker apparently lost his shoe, and went to get it. He reportedly went under, and surfaced several times. When he surfaced the last time he was floating face down.
He floated about 200 yards where he was recovered by a passing boater.
"You just can't be too careful," said Nelson. "It can happen to even experienced swimmers. It's always a good idea to wear a life jacket."
On Monday, people on the river said they were using extra caution after hearing of the drowning.
"We always keep the kids close," said a mom from Charleston.
"I always stay close to an adult," said Marcus Coleman. "I never go in without a life jacket."