One man dead, others badly injured during high speed bat crash on the Main Channel

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri- A Nebraska man died Thursday night after what was described as high speed crash in a fishing boat on Main Channel waters at the Lake of the Ozarks. Another man was flown by medical helicopter from the scene.

Daniel L. Walters, 43, of Battle Creek, Nebraska was declared deceased at the scene by Medical Examiner Dr. Anne Wilson. and  taken to Allee Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Camdenton. Darryn Keith, 48, of Pierce, Nebraska was seriously injured and airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia. Andrew Hrabanek, 51, of Battle Creek, Nebraska suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. Dan Young, 51, of Battle Creek, Nebraska incurred moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

The 20-foot Sylvan utility fishing boat going fast  around the 71 Mile Marker and struck the shorline.

The Lake of the Ozarks is far below full pool now at 560 feet which presents hazards to navigation.

The MSHP responded at 9:15 p.m. and the crash team assisted in the investigation.

TowBoat U.S. removed the badly damaged vessel.

The was the first boating fatality at the lake for the 2017 water recreation season.