New details revealed in Claremore boating death

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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a fishing boat that jerked suddenly on Claremore Lake, throwing its two passengers into the water, likely went off course after it struck a tree stump.

A report released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol offers more details on the accident that killed 19-year-old Jonathan McClure of Claremore. McClure was fishing with 19-year-old Sheldon Mashburn on March 13 when their 16-foot bass fishing boat suddenly started spinning in circles.

Mashburn was rescued by a passing boater and taken to shore, but McClure never resurfaced. His body was discovered by a dive team several hours after the accident.

The highway patrol’s report says Mashburn told authorities that the boat’s motor struck a tree stump below the surface of the lake, causing the vessel to jerk to the right.

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