Jeff City Man Dies in Personal Watercraft Accident at LOTO
A Jefferson City man died Wednesday in a personal watercraft accident that occurred at Lake of the Ozarks.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2011 Kawasaki personal watercraft, operated by 62-year-old Russell J. Rauba of Jefferson City, was at the five-mile maker on the main channel of the lake just after noon, when the Kawasaki hit a wave and became airborne. Rauba impacted the vessel upon landing, then slid off the personal watercraft and lost consciousness.
Rauba was transported to Lake Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 1:36 p.m., by Dr. Warren Cooper.
This was Troop F's second boating fatality for September, and the sixth for the year.
Lake Ozark Fire, Lake Ozark Ambulance and Camden County Deputies assisted the Troopers on scene.