N.C. man dies after canoe capsizes in Indian River Co.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
A 74-year-old North Carolina man died Friday
morning after his canoe capsized in the Intracoastal Waterway near
the boat ramp at the Oslo Road Conservation Area in Vero Beach.
The victim is William D. Montgomery (DOB 06-27-36)
from New Bern, N.C.
Montgomery and his two sons were in a 14-foot Old
Town canoe and planning to go fishing around 9 a.m. when the three
reportedly fell into the water in choppy conditions. The sons swam
to shore and yelled for help, and someone called 911.
Both the Indian River County Fire Rescue and the
sheriff's office responded, using a helicopter to help locate the
victim. Emergency workers administered CPR at the scene, and
Montgomery was taken by ambulance to the Indian River Medical
Center, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy will be performed Saturday by the
medical examiner in Fort Pierce to determine the cause of
Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission are conducting a full investigation of the
accident to find out what happened.