Very sad and unfortunate, it's hard to believe a 31' cruiser would swamp.
Woman drowns when boat goes down in Glaize with boat, drowns
Cruiser swamped by wakes on Grand Glaize Arm, passenger trapped in cabin
By Joyce L. Miller
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - A 35-year-old woman drowned when the cruiser she was on sank on the Grand Glaize Arm of Lake of the Ozarks.
According to the Missouri Water Patrol, the body of Wendy Gott of Barnhart, Mo., was recovered inside the cabin of the 31-foot Chris Craft about three hours after it sank near the 3-mile marker of the Glaize Friday.
The boat was outside the no-wake zone that stretches from the mouth of the Grand Glaize Arm to near the Moorings Yacht Club.
A Water Patrol spokesman said the boat was stopped in the main channel of the Grand Glaize when it was hit by a series of large wakes. The first wakes to hit the boat filled the engine compartment. The second round of wakes breaking over the boat caused it to sink stern first. Witnesses said the bow was pointing straight up as the boat sank.
A diver from a private company was brought in to help with recovery efforts. He said he found the stern resting in mud in about 70 feet of water. The bow was still pointing up.
Water Patrol officers said the description matched the sequence of events provided by seven people thrown from the boat when it started sinking.
The Water Patrol said the seven survivors were picked up by boaters who stopped to help.
Witnesses said the boat was idling when it started to take on water. They said waves rolling over the boat were over six feet high.
Efforts to re-start the engine failed as the compartment filled up. The passengers said there wasn't a lot of time between the first and second round of waves. Gott was apparently in the cabin and didn't get out in time.
The Water Patrol said the boat was coming from Party Cove headed toward the Grand Glaize Bridge.
Gott's is the third boating-related drowning of the season at Lake of the Ozarks.