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N.C. man dies after canoe capsizes in Indian River Co.

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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 death.

Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are conducting a full investigation of the accident to find out what happened.

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