Mt. Sterling man receives medical treatment following fall into lake

An elderly man from the Mt. Sterling area was treated Friday for exposure after falling into a lake off Timber Ridge Drive.

Sheriff’s Maj. Eric Wilbanks said the 80-year-old man, who was not identified, apparently fell off a boat he was attempting to winterize. Wilbanks said the man was unable to climb up the slippery bank. 

Owensville firemen from the Mt. Sterling and Owensville stations along with Owensville Area Ambulance District responded to a call for at 1:45 p.m. for a  possible drowning in the 2700 block of Timber Ridge Drive, a private lake development east of Mt. Sterling and south off of U.S. 50.

“Members of the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office, the Owensville Fire Department, and the Owensville Ambulance District responded to a property located along Timber Ridge Drive, near Mt. Sterling, for a report of a medical emergency related to a male subject submerged in water,” according to a report from Wilbanks. “Once deputies arrived, they joined a local resident who was already rendering assistance. Soon after, the patient, an 80-year-old male, was helped out of the cold lake water. Friends and family, as well as first responders, worked together covering the patient with blankets for warmth until an ambulance arrived.”

The man was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital Washington for additional care.