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Rogers dies from boating accident injuries

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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MAMMOTH SPRING -- A Mammoth Spring man has died as the result of injuries suffered in a boating accident on Bull Shoals Lake July 7.

Douglas Rogers, 63, died at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield at 6:40 a.m. July 11.

Rogers was injured when his 2005 Champion Bass Boat struck a 1993 Supra Sprit Pleasure Boat. His son, Wesley Rogers, 26, also of Mammoth Spring was thrown from the boat and injured in the accident.

Wesley Rogers was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home and treated for his injuries and released.

The Pleasure Boat was occupied by six people. The driver of the boat, Keith Akridge, 43, of Arnold, Mo., was not found until July 12 at 9 p.m. near the Point 12 area of the lake. Point 12 is a half-mile south of the Missouri state line.

Two passengers in the boat, John Houser and Robert Ginther were also transferred to St. John's in Springfield. Mo. Both men have since been released from the hospital. The other occupants of the Pleasure Boat, Brenda Akridge, Emily Akridge and Amber Wolf were all transferred to Baxter Regional Medical Center treated and released.

Wesley Rogers, 26, also of Mammoth Spring, said his father's death could have been avoided through boat safety.

Rogers said the boat his boat struck did not have its navigation lights on.

"I have two eye witnesses that reported to Arkansas Game and Fish that the Pleasure Boat had been seen running up and down the lake with no lights on," Rogers said.

Rogers said after he was thrown from the bass boat, he swam to the Pleasure Boat and saw beer cans and other liquor bottles in the bottom of their boat.

"My dad was my best friend. We fished sometimes four fishing tournaments a week. He was a great guy," Rogers said.

The accident is still under investigation by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The lights of both boats have been sent to the state crime lab to be examined.

The Rogers' were participating in a fishing tournament on the lake when the accident occurred. He said he and his father entered and fished many tournaments on Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals every year. He said his father was an avid outdoorsman and he taught him everything about hunting and fishing.

Rogers said his boat was traveling about 40 mph in the middle of the lake when its navigation light reflected off the side of another boat.

In Missouri, the maximum speed for a boat at night is 30 mph, but in Arkansas there is no speed limit.

The accident occurred in Marion County, Arkansas about one-half mile south of the Missouri state line.

Rogers told officials with the the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission there were no lights shining on the other boat.

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