Craig Gathmann Death – Dead :  Craig Gathmann Obituary : Killed in Boat Accident.

By John Chekwas | August 7, 2020

Craig Gathmann Death – Dead :  Craig Gathmann Obituary : Killed in Boat Accident.

An Illinois man has died after being hit by a boat anchor on Lake of the Ozarks, authorities said.
Craig Gathmann, 55, of Manito, Illinois, was operating a boat Wednesday afternoon with the anchor still in the water, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
Once the anchor released, the tension in the rope caused it to catapult out of the water, hitting Gathmann, investigators said.
Gathmann was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Patrol records show the incident was the second boating death on the lake this year., according to a statement posted online on Aug. 6, 2020 by kansascity.com

Tributes.

The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.

David Kent wrote 
If you are stupid enough that you get killed by your own anchor, it is Darwin’s theory of evolution at work. Unfortunately, he as well past the age where reproduction usually takes place, and there are bound to be more of his offspring out there, so look out.

Daniel Jean wrote 
David Kent what a stupid idiot comment.Maybe it is you that shouldn’t reproduce.

Adam Krog wrote 
David Kent insult the man and his children immediately after his tragic death. Absolutely couldn’t be more classless.

Richard Gautier wrote 
I’m sorry the guy died. That said, this is poor boating and a complete lack of preparation for the boat to be under way. I’ve been operating boats for 40 years and have never even heard of such a thing, much less witnesed it. Secure your gear and passengers before hitting the throttle…

Frank Holguin wrote 
Wonder what kind of boat and where he ties his anchor.. my anchor gets tied to the nose.. if I were to just hop in and go.. I’d run over the line and cut the rope.. anchor/tie downs are the first thing(s) I unhook/pull up before I go anywhere. Sucks he lost his life for something so simple that could have been prevented.

Michael Kobre wrote 

I’ve seen it happen, it’s insane when the anchor flies out of the water. Buddy of mine was drinking all day and took off with his anchor down it was skipping across the water and catching every once in a while and literally launching all the way up to the back of this boat. Fortunately we stopped him before he got killed.

Matthew Shepherd wrote 
I’m guessing he was up to speed, anchor caught the water just right stretched the rope and BAM. Final Destination!

Joe Martin wrote 
Probably vibrated and fell off while running. Tgey don’t like hitting the water at 30mph

Steve Schneider wrote 
I’ve seen boats traveling on plane….with the anchor skipping off the water. If the anchor was not fully retracted…then I could easily see it happening

Rudy Buynoch wrote 
How does that even happen? Once in the Atlantic off Florida my anchor was stuck on the bottom. I was spinning around and trying to pull it free in reverse. It finally popped free and when I pulled it up was bent in half but I can’t see how it would fly out. I had like 100′ of rooe out though.

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