The boating accident that claimed the life of a Claremore man was the result of the water craft hitting a submerged stump at Claremore Lake, according to a Oklahoma Highway Patrol report released late Tuesday.
The report offered more details on the accident that killed 19-year-old Jonathan McClure of Claremore. McClure was fishing with 19-year-old Sheldon Mashburn on March 13 when their 16-foot bass fishing boat suddenly started spinning in circles.
Mashburn was driving the boat across the lake when he believed the vehicle’s motor hit a tree stump, according to the report. When the boat struck the stump it jerked to the right, throwing both into the water.
Mashburn was able to stay afloat, according to the OHP. He told the OHP that McClure was about 50 yards from him and gone under water and did not return to the surface.
Mashburn was picked up by a passing boater and taken to shore.
McClure's body was found by using Grand River Dam Authority's side scan sonar about three and a half hours after the accident in 11 feet of water, according to the report.