Catawissa Conservation Area

Photo of main gravel pit pool at Catawissa Conservation Area.

An 18-year-old Catawissa man drowned Wednesday after he was ejected from a personal watercraft in the Catawissa area.

Scotty E. Copeland was on a 1984 Kawasaki Jet Ski at 5 p.m. in the Catawissa Conservation Area Quarry Pit of the Meramec River when he was ejected from the watercraft, became fatigued and went under water, according to a Missouri State Water Patrol preliminary report.

Copeland’s body was recovered by divers. He was pronounced dead at 6:56 p.m. by Meramec Ambulance personnel. His body was transported to the St. Louis County Morgue by Russell Funeral Home.

He was not wearing a life jacket, the patrol said.