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Man drowns while trying to swim across Gasconade River

A St. Robert man drowned while trying to swim across the Gasconade River Friday afternoon. (FILE)

A St. Robert man drowned while trying to swim across the Gasconade River Friday afternoon.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, someone called 911 to report a possible drowning in the Gasconade River at the Riddle Bridge Access on Route Y about 2:15 p.m. Friday.

When deputies got to the scene witnesses said Mark Joseph-Salas Concepcion, 35, tried to swim across the river and disappeared when he was about halfway across. They also said people tried to get to him but were unsuccessful.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers launched their boat and began their search. At about 4:15 p.m. they recovered Concepcion’s body from the River.

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