UPDATED: Sioux Falls man identified in boating accident on Lake Oahe

Published: Sep. 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT
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Authorities in Pierre have identified a 49-year-old Sioux Falls man as the person killed in a boating incident over the weekend on Lake Oahe north of Pierre.

Hughes County Sheriff Darin Johnson says first responders located Loyal Lee Bossert’s wallet in his pickup at the west shore boat ramp. Johnson says it appears Bossert accidentally fell out of the boat and was fatally injured by the boat’s propeller.

Bossert was the only occupant of the boat. Alcohol was not a factor and authorities say his death has been ruled accidental.

The Pierre Fire Department Rescue Squad and Dive Team responded to the accident around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Rescuers were able to stop the circling fishing boat and returned it to shore.

The Pierre Dive Team deployed a diver who recovered Bossert’s body.


A Sioux Falls man has died in a weekend boating accident in central South Dakota.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Lake Oahe near Fort Pierre, according to the Pierre Fire Department.

Authorities received a report of an unoccupied boat on lower Lake Oahe. A search and rescue dive team was dispatched to the area.

The team found the fishing boat circling on the lake, and were able to return it to shore. After a grid search in the surrounding area, searchers found a location of interest in about 20 feet of water.

A Pierre Dive Team found the body of the victim. Authorities say he was an adult male with a Sioux Falls address on record.

The Hughes County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the incident.