Crews find body of missing fisherman near Whiteville

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Crews have found the body of a man who fell out of a boat while fishing on Beaver Pond near Whiteville this morning.

Columbus County Emergency Services Director Kay Worley says the man and his wife were fishing near US 74/76 when the man stood up to look at some bird eggs under the bridge, and the boat turned over around 10 a.m. Whiteville Rescue says Paul Formyduval, 70, from Castle Hayne, drowned, but his wife Martha got to shore safely.

Rescue crews got to the scene about 10 minutes after Formyduval went underwater. They found him around 11:30 a.m.

Worley says crews used Lake Waccamaw's sonar boat to find the man with the help of the Columbus County Sheriff's Office Dive Team. The body was taken to Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville, where the Formyduval was pronounced dead.

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How tragic. I've know this man all my life and he was one of the best swimmers I've ever met. How bizarre that his life would end this way.

This is so tragic. Mr. FormyDuval could swim like a fish. I am saddened and do not understand. To his son Michael, my heartfelt consolences.

That's a shame about Mr. formyduval . My condolences to the family and friends. It is good he was having a nice day fishing and enjoying nature but he certainly will be missed by many.

This is so sad. I hope that even in her loss, Mrs Formyduval is able to keep in mind the fun they were havinh and wonder of nature her husband had in his heart, more than the event of this tragedy.

My prayers go out to this family.