Authorities have recovered the body of a second boater who had fallen into the Mississippi River near Hartford earlier this month. The body of 46-year-old Wendell B. Robinson of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri was spotted in river debris near Cape Girardeau, Missouri Sunday morning around 9:00. His body was recovered around noon.
The recovery comes about a week after another man, 60-year-old Mike J. Flythe of St. Louis, was pulled from the river near the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in South St. Louis. They had been on the river with a 10-year-old boy who was pulled to safety shortly after the accident by a passing barge crew on April 6. The 10-year-old was wearing a life jacket, which Tim Daiber, Captain of Illinois Conservation Police Region 4, says could have saved the lives of the other two.
Daiber says while it is not unusual for bodies to travel some distance under normal circumstances, the flooding may have had additional impact on the distance covered in this case. It is believed their boat capsized in choppy waters caused by high winds. The size of their boat may have also been a factor, according to Daiber.