Fifth drowning on Meramec in three weeksJuly 30, 2011
FRANKLIN COUNTY • A 25-year-old Overland man drowned while rope swinging on the Meramec River Friday night.
The drowning occured at the Arapaho Campground, in Sullivan, Mo. Authorities said Nicholas N. Spangler went under water while throwing the rope swing back to the bank around 6 p.m.
He was rescued from and revived with CPR, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. But Spangler died about an hour later at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
It makes the fifth drowning on the Meramec in three weeks. The river is known for posing hidden dangers because of its often strong undertow and uneven terrain.
Most recently, Salvatore Jasso, 20, of the 3500 block of Nebraska Avenue and Luis Baez Gonzales, 18, of the 3300 block of Indiana Avenue, drowned while wading in the Meramec at Castlewood State Park on July 26.
They were with two other men, also from St. Louis, who called for help. Officials said alcohol was not involved and that the men may have lost their footing.
On July 23, Michael A. Collins, 56, of High Ridge died on the river near George Winter Park while trying to retrieve his boat, which had floated about 10 feet from shore.
On July 10, Sayed-Abdali Hafiz, 45, of St. Louis, drowned while walking in the shallow waters near Meramec Caverns. Officials said he was pulled into deeper waters by the strong current and did not know how to swim.
There have been more than two dozen drownings on Missouri's waterways this year
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