Accident Database

Report ID# 682

  • Flush Drowning
  • Hypothermia
  • Cold Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

Phillip Gibbs, 67, a retired Lynchburg doctor, was duck hunting on December 17th with a lifelong friend. As reported in the Roanoke, Virginia Times, they launched their canoe on Virginia's Maury River. The boat suddenly capsized in fast current, putting both men into the water. His partner attempted a rescue, then swam for shore. Gibbs was wearing an approved "float coat" but no cold weather gear. He was pulled from the river by the local rescue squad after floating downstream for 45 minutes. The cause of death: hypothermia. CW

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