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59-year-old man dies after canoe capsizes on the New River

Deadly incident happened on Saturday

A 59-year-old man is dead after his canoe capsized in Montgomery County.
A 59-year-old man is dead after his canoe capsized in Montgomery County.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – A 59-year-old man died on Saturday when the canoe he was in capsized on the New River while in Montgomery County.

Jeffrey Wayne Nicely, 59, and a friend were canoeing down the river when they approached some rapids, their boat capsized and both men fell out, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

One man was able to flag down a passing boat which got both men inside before returning to the boat ramp.

Officials said that no lifejackets were worn but were inside the boat.

Nicely was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS, according to VDWR.


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Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.