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Edwardsville man drowns in lake during storm

June 21, 2010 at 09:46 AM

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois say an Edwardsville man who was in Holiday Shores Lake as a thunderstorm struck has drowned.

Authorities say 22-year-old Joshua Harrop died early Saturday. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says it received a call from a man who said he was on a boat and a friend was missing in the water. A search began and Harrop’s body was recovered from the lake at about 3:45 a.m.

Autopsy results found Harrop drowned.

According to a police report, Harrop, his wife and friends were on the lake on a boat after 12 a.m. Saturday. When the storm struck, Harrop and two other men were in the lake.

One man on the boat told police wind and rain kept him from steering the boat to the men. The man said light from lightning strikes allowed him to locate two of the men.

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