WASHINGTON - North Carolina Wildlife Officials said that the boater who fell overboard into the Pamlico River Friday has died.
Officials said 61-year-old James Langston, of Winterville, fell overboard when he walked to the bow of the boat. They said his friend on board attempted to jump in to save him, but was unsuccessful. Another person jumped in and rescued that man from the water.
Officials say a medical issue may be to blame for Langston falling overboard. He was transported to Vidant Beaufort Hospital where he later died. His body has been taken to the medical examiner's office to determine an official cause of death.
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A boater fell overboard into the Pamlico River Friday night, within sight of the Washington waterfront.
According to Washington Police, the incident involved two men out on the river around 9 p.m. One of the boaters fell overboard, near the railroad bridge leading into the city.
"The man still on board started shouting for help," Sgt. Tom Amick said. "His cries for help were loud enough that people on the waterfront heard him, and one of those people called 911."
A fireboat from the Washington Department of Fire-Rescue-EMS came to the scene, a 24-foot Carolina Skiff. The boater was then pulled from the water.
Emergency crews performed CPR on the man who fell into the Pamlico. He was then taken to Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington.
The man's condition and identity were not immediately known. The two boaters are believed to be from the area.