2 boaters who went missing in Neosho River identified

BURLINGTON, Kan. (KSNT) — Two people were recovered from the Neosho River, one dead and and one alive, after a boating accident on Friday night.

At about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call about a boating accident near the Burlington City Dam on the Neosho river. The call said there were two people on the small boat, which had capsized. First responders were then sent to the scene and arrived within minutes.

One of the people on the boat, 53-year-old John “Scott” Massoth, was found right away. He was not injured.

A search and rescue effort then began for the second person who was on the boat.

After several hours, the person still hadn’t been found, so the effort was changed from “rescue” to “recovery.” The search had to stop at about 11:30 p.m., though, due to the fact that conditions were unsafe.

The search began again at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Soon after they started searching again, the second boater’s body was found by an officer with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. That boater has been identified as 53-year-old Michael “Mike” Myers, who is from Burlington, Kan.

Sheriff Randy Rogers said:

It is so unfortunate and tragic when a boating accident of this type occurs in one of our communities. So many people are affected by it. First and foremost our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim, his family, friends and those in the community affected by this accident. I can’t thank all those emergency responders that responded to this incident and worked so hard.

We had hoped and prayed for a more positive outcome and that we could rescue both occupants of the boat.

The boating accident is still being investigated by the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

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