Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Granite City Man Drowns after Falling through Ice While Trying to Retrieve Drone

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Granite City Man Drowns after Falling through Ice While Trying to Retrieve Drone

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MADISON COUNTY * A man from Granite City drowned Saturday night after he apparently fell through ice into a pond on Chouteau Island while trying to retrieve a drone that had crashed, authorities said.

The body of Mark A. Miller, 54, of Granite City, was found about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, according to the Madison County Coroner's Office. That was about eight hours after he set out to retrieve a drone that had malfunctioned while he was flying it with his son, 11.

The area is near the entrance to a low water dam on the island and not far from where the Chain of Rocks Bridge crosses the Mississippi River.

The drone crashed before 6 p.m., and Miller put the boy in his vehicle and went to get the drone, according to Coroner Steve Nonn. …

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