A passing boater, who saw the man in distress, pulled the victim from the water onto their boat, and began life-saving measures before being transferred to a Coast Guard boat and transported back to shore.
INDIAN RIVER (DE): A 68-year-old West Virginia Man died Thursday afternoon in a boating accident in the Indian River Inlet, Delaware State Police said.
Police say the victim, who was identified Saturday morning as 68-year-old Donald M. Cutsail Jr. of West Virginia, was rescued by a passing boater who observed the man in distress.
The boater pulled the victim from the water onto their boat, and began life-saving measures before being transferred to a Coast Guard boat and taken to shore. The victim was then transported from the scene to an area hospital by ambulance, where he later died.
According to police spokeswoman Heather pepper, the incident occurred Thursday afternoon around 4:22 p.m.
Cutsail, his wife, and granddaughter were fishing in the Indian River south of the South Shore Marina in their boat when Cutsail discovered his fishing line was caught in the boat’s motor, and he jumped in the water to untangle the line.
Police say when Cutsail attempted to climb the ladder back onto the boat, he fell backward into the water and was unable to swim due to the rough water conditions and strong current. That’s when a passing boater sprung into action.
Delaware Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the boat accident.