Body of Missouri man found at Bull Shoals Lake

Friday, July 13, 2007

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) -- Searchers have found the body of a Missouri man who was missing since a Saturday night boat crash on Bull Shoals Lake.

The body of Keith Akridge, 43, of Arnold, Mo., was recovered Thursday night, authorities said. The body was in 142 feet of water and divers were aided by sonar, cadaver dogs and underwater cameras to make the recovery.

Authorities say Akridge was on vacation with his family when a ski boat he was driving was involved in a collision with another boat Saturday night.

A passenger in the other boat, Douglas Rogers, 63, of Mammoth Spring, died Wednesday. Six other people were injured but all have been released from hospital treatment.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is investigating the crash. Running lights from the boats were sent to the state Crime Laboratory to determine whether they were in use at the time of the accident.

Information from: The Baxter Bulletin,

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