Boater drowns on the White River in Marion County, Ark.

Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 6:17 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2023 at 4:24 PM CDT
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YELLVILLE, Ark. (KY3) - The Marion County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning of a boater on the White River on Thursday.

Sheriff Gregg L. Alexander says the boat capsized in the Ranchette Area around noon. While motoring, their outboard motor ran out of fuel. While attempting to restart their motor, the boat collided with a dock and capsized, and both men were swept out of their boat, according to a news release from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Sheriff Alexander says one of the boaters drowned. Another swam to shore, where a nearby fisherman rescued him.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has identified the man who drowned as 72-year-old John Mauretto of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. The other man is from Labadie, Missouri.

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