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Water patrol stays busy at Lake Wappapello

LAKE WAPPAPELLO, MO (KFVS) -

By noon on Independence day, the waters of Wappapello Lake remained vacant. 

"It's just the rain that's keeping people away this morning," said Brian Dennis, of Poplar Bluff. "We came out fishing yesterday and it was packed. It will fill up by this afternoon. 

"I think earlier in the Summer flooding kept some people away," said Dave Nelson of the Missouri Highway Patrol's Water Patrol Division. "It's been really steady all weekend and once the sun comes out and it warms up I expect lots of boaters to arrive."

Nelson reports four arrests for drunken boating and few accidents.

"We did make four boating while intoxicated arrests," said Nelson. "That's something we crack down on all season, not just on holidays. We also had a drowning on Current River near Van Buren."

Nelson says the drowning happened Saturday resulting in the death of a 26-year-old man from Dyersburg. His name is not being released at this time.

"Otherwise we have had a few accidents, but for the most part boaters and swimmers have followed the rules and stayed safe," said Nelson.

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