Mt. Vernon man drowns after capsizing on James River

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STONE COUNTY, Mo. — An Mt. Vernon man drowned after his canoe capsized on James River, just a half-mile downstream of Hootentown Access, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The incident happened around 4:07 p.m. when 87-year-old Willis Hull was heading upstream and fighting a strong current. He was then ejected from his canoe and drowned.

MSHP reports Hull was not wearing a safety device at the time of the incident.

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