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Man falls from boat, drowns in Columbus County

The Associated Press

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WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A fisherman has drowned after falling from his boat in a canal in Whiteville in Columbus County.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/13vhZg0 ) it happened Monday beneath the U.S. 74-76 bridge.

Columbus County Assistant Coroner William Hannah says 70-year-old Paul Formyduval of Castle Hayne was fishing with his wife at the time.

Authorities say the couple saw a nest of birds beneath the bridge and the victim stood up to look at the birds. When he did, the boat overturned.

Neither was wearing a lifejacket. But the victim's wife was able to grab one as she was thrown from the boat and make it back to shore.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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