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Update on weekend boating accident

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A boating accident off Figure Eight Island claimed the life of a Wilmington man. Emergency responders say a large wave capsized the boat in Rich's inlet around 6 p.m. On board were longtime friends Gary Causey and Donald Drake. They eventually decided to swim for it but only Causey was able to make it to shore. Justin Shackleford of the US Coast Guard said Causey told them he had been boating his whole life. Shackleford said even with experience, tide and wind conditions can be unpredictable. "People just need to realize the limitations of their boat. And don't try to push those limitations. Know what the weather's going to do, know what the tides are doing and the winds," said Shackleford. WWAY spoke to Causey's mother today. She said both families are distraught and devastated by what happened and that she hopes this will make people think twice before boating without a life jacket.

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