MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Local News

July 6, 2012

Another drowning in Illinois River

— For the third time in less than a week, a drowning has been reported on the Illinois River, according to a media release from Ed Fite, the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission’s administrator.

Leslie “Rocky” Angel, 54, of Tahlequah, drowned about 3 p.m. Thursday, the release said.

His was the third drowning in the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission in less than a week, it said.

A OSRC report states that Angel and a friend went swimming at Riverside Park, east of Tahlequah. Witnesses said Angel dropped the friend off at the south end of Riverside Park, drove about 200 yards to the other end of the park, and was planning to swim downstream to meet the friend.

The friend waited 20 minutes before walking to where Angel had parked. Upon arrival, the friend saw a man pulling Angel from the water, the release states.

The report says no lifejackets were in use and states consumption of alcohol was very likely a contributing factor.

The Illinois River Area Volunteer Fire Department, United Keetoowah Light Horseman, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Tahlequah Fire Department Search and Rescue and Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission responded to the incident.

1
Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks