Troopers recover body of boater at Fort Gibson Lake

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Troopers found an abandoned boat on Fort Gibson Lake
  • Troopers began searching Sunday night, but called it off because it was dark
  • At 7:45, troopers found the man had drowned in the lake
  • The victim was identified by DPS as 51-year-old Zane Howe

State troopers found a missing boater after his abandoned boat was found on the lake Sunday night.

Cherokee County deputies joined in the search Sunday, but called it off overnight because it was too dark to search.

Authorities resumed their search around 6 a.m. Monday morning, finding the man at 7:45. He had drowned.

Troopers believe he was unloading his boat when the wind caught it. The boater likely tried to swim out to catch the boat.

His truck was still running with his shoes, socks and wallet inside.

The state Department of Safety identified the man as Zane Howe, 51.