Elderly California Man Drowns After His Canoe Capsizes in Missouri River

by Jon D. B.
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Strong currents and a hidden “root wad” are to blame for the death of California elder David Robles on the Missouri River Saturday.

Family and friends are mourning the loss of outdoorsman David Robles, who drowned in the Missouri River after his boat capsized June 19. He was 82-years-old.

Authorities state that Robles’ canoe became lodged onto an underwater root wad by sweeping currents, causing him to drown in the river. Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms the fatality this week in their Online Boat/Drowning Incident Report.

It is here that the victim’s name and city of origin, Los Angeles, came to light. Authorities note that the 82-year-old was canoeing the Missouri River‘s Current River at Chilton Creek, where he would drown.

Forestry Solutions defines a “root wad” as a dead tree trunk with roots still extant. Typically underwater, they expose from the soil and help stabilize river banks. They also provide natural habitat for fish, rodents, and marine organisms.

Tragically, however, it is this very phenomenon that led to the death of David Robles in his twilight years. Robles was pronounced dead at 12:20 Pacific Time on the same day (June 19, 2021).

Missouri River Claims 82-Year-Old Outsider

“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,” states the Missouri State Highway Patrol in their Online Boat/Drowning Incident Report.

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.

As noted, Robles’ body went to McSpadden Funeral Home in Van Buren upon confirmation of his death.

Both the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and the National Park Service took the case.

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Robles during this tragic loss.

Roble’s Drowning follows Michigan 28-Year-Old

Mere days prior, an Indiana lake holiday became another sight of tragedy. There, 28-year-old Donald Turner of Portage would drown after attempting to save his girlfriend from the same fate.

The incident took place on Sunday at 4:30pm local time in Washington Park Beach, Michigan City.

PEOPLE reports Turner, 28, was swimming in Lake Michigan with his girlfriend. She began to struggle in the deep waters, Indiana’s DNR says.

Turner quickly came to her rescue, pulling his girlfriend to safety. He would then disappear into the waters himself, officials cite.

Then, “A nearby swimmer would locate Turner’s body a short distance away from where he was last seen,” Indiana’s DNR clarifies.

Attempts with life-saving measures from the local fire department were not successful, however. Turner was then transported to Franciscan Hospital in Michigan City, where he was pronounced dead. Tragically, Turner’s girlfriend would also be pronounced dead at the same hospital.

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