Officials: Arkansas Man Struck by Boat, Killed After Jumping into Lake Rathbun

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An Arkansas man was killed at Lake Rathbun after officials say he jumped off a boat which later struck him.

At approximately 3:51 PM on Friday, emergency personnel were called to the Bridgeview area of the lake on reports that a man was hit by a boat and had not surfaced.

The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office says a 36-year-old man was one of seven people on a pontoon boat. For reasons unknown, the man jumped off the boat into the lake and was struck by the boat.

Rescue teams were deployed and the man’s body was found at approximately 8:52 Friday night. The identity of the deceased was not disclosed.

The man’s remains will be transported to the State Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The incident is still under investigation.

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