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Man drowns while trying to retrieve boat in Missouri River

Missouri River
Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 13:24:16-05

WATSON, Mo. — Authorities say a man has drowned in northwest Missouri while attempting to retrieve a boat that was adrift on the Missouri River.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as 30-year-old Benjamin Hirner, of Mokane.

The patrol says he went into the water Friday just north of where the Nishnabotna River flows into the Missouri River in Atchison County.

A Nebraska Air National Guard helicopter flew him to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was pronounced dead. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources also assisted at the scene.