A tragic accident at Wakonda State Park has claimed the life of a New London man.

The Missouri State Patrol reports Richie Armour of New London was attempting to launch a boat at Wakonda Lake when it floated off the trailer. Armour swam into the lake and drowned while attempting to recover the boat. He was not wearing a life jacket. Armour was pronounced dead at 12:16 p.m. Saturday by Lewis County Coroner Larry Arnold.

Troopers were assisted by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, LaGrange Fire, Lewis County Ambulance, Missouri State Park Rangers, and the Blessing Hospital Air Evac Team.