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Boats collide on lake

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

AREA -- At 11 p.m. July 7, two boats collided on Bull Shoals Lake in Marion County, Ark.

Marion County Sheriff Carl McBee reported that one boat, a 2005 Champion Bass Boat was occupied by two fishermen, Wesley Rogers, 25, and his father Douglas Rogers, 66, both of Mammoth Spring. The Rogers were on the lake participating in a fishing tournament.

McBee said Wesley Rogers was the driver of the bass boat. He was treated at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home and released.

The other boat, a 1993 Supra Spirit Pleasure Boat, was occupied by six people, Keith Akridge, Brenda Akridge, Emily Akridge, Amber Wolf, John Houser and Robert Ginther, all from Missouri. Keith Akridge was the driver of the pleasure boat.

Douglas Rogers, John Houser, and Robert Ginther were all flown to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., while the others were transported to the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. A family friend said Douglas Rogers suffered a broken neck and other serious injuries in the accident and was listed in serious condition at St John's. It is not known the condition of the occupants of the pleasure boat.

Officers with the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Bull Shoals Police Department, Army Corps of Engineers and Missouri State Water Patrol are attempting to locate Keith Akridge who has been missing since the collision. The area where the two boats collided is reportedly 140-feet deep.

McBee said the accident is still under investigation.

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