Drowning at Lake of the Ozarks

A Gravois Mills man drowned while trying to save another swimmer in Morgan County at the Lake of the Ozarks.

According to a report from the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division, Ernest Ekstam, 67, jumped into the water around 6 p.m. Friday night to assist another struggling swimmer.

He then began to struggle himself.

A life jacket was thrown to Ekstam, but he lost consciousness.

He was pulled into another boat that was passing by, but eventually he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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