According to the report filed by Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a drowning incident occurred August 21, 2020, 3:43 PM on Long Lake south of Poteau. The report shows that Marlon Alexander Garcia of Van Buren was operating a 1982 Aqua Patio with 5 passengers on board.
A 3-year-old boy fell overboard, and Mr. Garcia jumped in the water to save him and began to struggle. A 16-year-old boy jumped into the water and retrieved the 3-year-old. Mr. Garcia had gone under and did not resurface.
The 3-year-old was taken to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he was treated for water inhalation. The 16-year-old, as well as the other passengers, was uninjured. Mr. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene by the Medical Examiner.