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Fisherman drowns in Bladen County

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Bladenboro man is dead after falling out of his boat while fishing Saturday.

The accident happened around noon Saturday on the Black River near the Pender County line.

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says James Waldo Todd, 59, was fishing when he fell out of his boat while leaning over the side to wash his hands when his seat broke. Investigators say he grabbed a seat cushion and tried to use it as a flotation device because he could not swim.

A second person tried to throw Todd a rope, but Todd drowned. The second person retrieved Todd and got him to the bank before going for help.

NC Wildlife is investigating with help from the Bladen County Coroner and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

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about my dads drowning

that was my dad u all act like u all are so perfect but u are not u all should learn to have some compassion we all do things we no better to do we all take things for granted that nothing will happen so u really should think befor u say anything u bunch of jack asses sincerley Larry taz todd

sad

Can't swim but go boat fishing with no life vest on? When will people ever learn.

I agree..

I have a rule on my boat, when you step foot on it you wear a PFD the whole time or you don't get on my boat. With the automatic inflatable vests now costing under $150 there is no excuse not to wear one.