3 dead, 2 injured and 1 arrested in overnight boating crash

Investigators said a preliminary investigation indicated a boat struck a rock bluff. (Photo courtesy of MSHP)

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed three people died and two others were injured in a boating crash Saturday morning.

Sgt. Scott White confirmed the accident occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. Dive teams were on scene searching for the third victim and recovered the body at 11:14 a.m.

According to a MSHP boating incident report, 23-year-old of Joseph Lemark, 24-year-old Daniel Lewis and 21-year-old Hailey Hochanadel died in the crash.

Twenty-one-year-old Ashley Lamb was flown to a hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. Twenty-two-year-old Hayden Frazier was taken via ambulance to a lake-area medical center.

Details on their conditions were unknown.

White said the fatal accident happened at the 47 mile marker at Lake of the Ozarks.

Investigators said a preliminary investigation indicated the boat struck a rock bluff. According to the report, the crash ejected the driver, Frazier, and three others into the water.

Frazier was able to climb back into the boat and paddled to a dock across the channel. The crash report lists his injuries as "moderate."

Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene within the boat. Lemark was pronounced dead after dragging operations recovered him, and Hochanadel was the last to be found.

Frazier was taken into custody, according to MSHP arrest reports. He was on 24-hour hold in the Camden County Jail on suspicion of three counts of boating while intoxicated causing the death of another, serious physical injury and negligent operation of a vessel. He was released from custody Sunday.

White said the crash was an unfortunate start to the beginning of National Safe Boating Week.

"We haven't even seen the beginning of peak boating season. We definitely want to remind boaters that the water is an unforgiving environment," White said.

"Make sure you are prepared when you go out, make sure you have your life jackets, make sure you have a sober captain and make sure you're paying attention also."

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with new information.

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