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.