Drowning on Wappapello Lake

By Crystal Britt

WAYNE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A drowning investigation is underway at Lake Wappapello after an incident Sunday afternoon around 3:45.

According to Dave Nelson with the Missouri Water Patrol, 68 year Richard Hendrickson of Poplar Bluff was with his wife and granddaughter when he jumped off the boat they were in.

He apparently went under, re-surfaced, said he needed help then went under again.

Nelson says Hendrickson's wife went in after him, and was able to get him out of the water.

People nearby performed CPR as they awaited for first responders.

Authorities say Hendrickson died before arriving at the hospital.

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