Jon R. Malek, 65, of Broken Arrow drowned yesterday morning on Fort Gibson Lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Malek was operating a 1997 Concord boat just west of Sequoyah State Park around 10 a.m., when he stopped the vessel, jumped in the water to go swimming and immediately started struggling, according to family members.
The boat’s passenger, Margie L. Malek, 57, attempted to throw a float cushion to him, but windy conditions made the throw unsuccessful. Jon Malek was face-down, and Margie Malek started the boat after several attempts and was able to drive the boat to the victim, dive into the 27-foot-deep water and hold onto him until passersby were able to stop.
Malek was pulled from the water and transported on the boat to shore, where Wagoner County EMS was waiting. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was not wearing a personal flotation device.