Carl Eugene Dobson, 67, of Eufaula died on Saturday after diving into Lake Eufaula near Eufaula Cove, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Dobson was driving a 2000 Baja boat and had just left Eufaula Cove with his passenger, Shannon Savage, 45, of Tahlequah, when his hat blew off and into the water. He turned the boat around to get the hat and jumped into the water when the boat got close.
Dobson went under the water and resurfaced, complaining of chest pains. Savage threw two life preservers to Dobson, but he couldn’t reach them. She dove into the water to try to rescue him, but she started to struggle and went back to the boat, the patrol reported. She then tried to move the boat closer to him, but couldn’t operate the boat. Dobson went back under and never resurfaced.
His body was recovered around 3 p.m. in 32 feet of water, 200 yards from shore. He was not wearing a personal flotation device.