NEW MELLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a worker unable to swim drowned in a private St. Louis-area lake after falling from a floating dock he was painting and became trapped beneath the structure.

New Melle Fire Chief Rick Massey says the man fell into the lake Wednesday morning just southwest of New Melle, and another worker was unable to pull him from the water.

The victim was not immediately identified.

St. Charles County Sheriff’s Lt. Craig McGuire says the victim was 50 and from Florissant.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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