LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri- A boat passenger had to swim to safety after she was thrown over the side of a boat Friday night according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 49 year-old Jeffrey Howell, of Sunrise Beach, was operating a 2013 Sunsation at the 10 mile marker when Kim Howell, 50, went overboard. The boat captain was apparently unaware that the passenger had entered the water.
Kim Howell was able to swim to a wave break where she then made it onto the docks of Ozark BBQ and summoned rescuers. She was not wearing a flotation device. She did not suffer apparent injury.
Jeffrey Howell was arrested for Boating while Intoxicated and Operating a Vessel in a Careless and Imprudent Manner. He is listed as being eligible for bond at the Camden County Jail.
The boat was towed to the owner’s dock.
Trooper Richardson responded to the scene at 8:39 p.m.