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82-year-old canoeist trapped in ‘bundle of roots’, drowns in Missouri River, police say


An 82-year-old man drowned in a Missouri river after being swept away in a bundle of roots, police said.

David Robles of Los Angeles, Calif., Was canoeing on the Current River on Saturday morning when a strong current pushed him into the bundle of roots and his canoe capsized, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Robles got stuck under the bundle of roots and drowned, police said.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, rootballs are trees with exposed roots used to stabilize shorelines and provide habitat for fish.

A spokesperson for the Missouri State Highway Patrol did not immediately return a phone call Monday to provide more information on the root bundle in this incident.

Robles was heading south in a 17-foot canoe before his death, police said.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Park Service also investigated the drowning.

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