OHP: Man drowns in Lake Eufaula while trying to catch drifting boat


A man is dead after a drowning in Pittsburg County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday on Lake Eufaula. James Cosper, 66, was reportedly loading his boat at a ramp when the boat drifted away, so the man ran down the shore line to a dock, jumped in the water and swam toward it.

A witness told investigators that the man started to struggle before he went underwater and never resurfaced.

Investigators say Cosper's body was located about 25 yards north of the shore line.

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