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Missouri man found in Missouri River near Nishnabotna River dies

A 30-year-old man drowned while trying to retrieve a boat on the Missouri River on Friday, according to Missouri Highway Patrol crash reports.

Posted: Dec 9, 2019 2:27 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 9:46 AM

(ROCK PORT, Mo.)  A 30-year-old man drowned while trying to retrieve a boat on the Missouri River on Friday, according to Missouri Highway Patrol crash reports.

Benjamin Hirner, of Mokane, Mo., was found in the river at 11:42 a.m. after being reported missing around 6:35 a.m. Friday.

Hirner was transported by Air National Guard helicopter to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where he was pronounced dead, according to trooper's report.

The incident happened a half mile north of the Nishnabotna River. 

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