Fatal boating accident under investigation

LEWES — Delaware State Police is conducting a death investigation related to a boating accident Sunday afternoon, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Authorities said the incident occurred at approximately 3:49 p.m. when units were dispatched to the Angola Beach Marina located within the Angola Beach Mobile Home Park in reference to a death investigation related to a boating accident.

Police found that at approximately 10 a.m., two friends were traveling in a 16-foot aluminum Jon boat. While traveling in the Bay, returning from the inlet area, their boat was capsized by the suspected combination of choppy seas and wake from two passing boats. As a result, the two passengers were ejected from the boat into the bay. They were both able to obtain life vest and hold on to the partially submerged vessel.

After being in the water for sometime, one of the passengers lost consciousness for unknown reasons. A passing boat observed the two in distress and was able to transport them to the Angola Beach Marina.

The victim, a 73-year-old male from Laurel was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin and extended family. The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted to remove the victim and to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

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