Lawmakers hold second hearing to review water patrol training

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OSAGE BEACH - A group of state representatives will review the 2011 Missouri Water Patrol merger Tuesday morning. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. at Osage Beach City Hall.

The primary goal of the hearing is to look at marine training for troopers as well as how the division is managed and the overall cost of the merger.

This comes after the death of Brandon Ellingson who drowned at Lake of the Ozarks in May. Ellingson was arrested for intoxication but was not given a properly secured life vest which lead to his death when he fell out of the boat. 

At the first meeting on October 1, Highway Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle said training was a problem. "None of the nine current troop commanders have been marine enforcement officers," Replogle said.

State Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) wants to schedule similar hearings near other lakes in the state.