Boat crash kills 2 in southeast Missouri

DONIPHAN, Mo. | Two people from Poplar Bluff are dead after two boats collided on the Current River in southeast Missouri.

The Missouri State Water Patrol on Monday identified the victims as 11-year-old Jerry Mote and 25-year-old Josh Burson.

Both were passengers on johnboats that collided about 3:30 p.m. Sunday while traveling in opposite directions on the river near Doniphan, just north of the Arkansas border.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, but the water patrol said the collision was unavoidable. A spokesman said the river at the accident site is shallow and swift.

Jerry’s body was found Monday a half-mile downstream from the site. Burson’s body was recovered Sunday.