Missouri State Highway Patrol Accident Report
Investigated By: CPL. L. B. MONAHAN
Date: 06/19/2021 11:30AM
Cause: COLLISION WITH FIXED OBJECT
Location: CURRENT RIVER AT CHILTON CREEK (MISSOURI)
Boat Information: 17 FOOT OSAGE CANOE COMPANY TO RETRIEVE
Victim: ROBLES, DAVID M MALE 82 LOS ANGELES, CA
Misc. Information: FATALITY DROWNING - NEXT OF KIN NOTIFIED - DUE TO A STRONG CURRENT, VICTIM'S CANOE WAS SWEPT INTO A ROOT WAD AND CAPSIZED. VICTIM WAS TRAPPED UNDERNEATH THE ROOT WAD AND DROWNED. VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED BY DR. ANIL NAPIDELLI AT 1220 HOURS AND TAKEN TO MCSPADDEN FUNERAL HOME IN VAN BUREN. ASSISTED BY SGT. J. A. CRAVENS (402), MISSOURI CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT AND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.
California Man Drowns on Current River
By Jason Rima
June 21, 2021
(AP) — An 82-year-old California man drowned when his canoe capsized and he was caught under the roots of a tree on the Current River in southern Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said David Robles, of Los Angeles, died Saturday morning while on the river in Carter County. The patrol says a strong current pushed his canoe into a root wad. The canoe capsized and Robles was trapped under the roots and drowned. Root wads are the roots of trees that are left exposed along waterways to stabilize river banks and provide habitat for fish.