Southport crews recover body of 68-year-old man who drowned retrieving boat

Updated: Jun. 21, 2019 at 6:24 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Southport Fire Chief Charles Drew confirms emergency crews pulled the body of a 68-year-old man from the water Thursday morning.

The man was in the water after trying to retrieve his boat, which floated away, according to Chief Drew.

Southport Fire Department received the call about a distressed swimmer near the NC Wildlife Ramp on Fish Factory Road at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. At 9:05 a.m. the water rescue team located the man’s body.

The victim was identified as 68-year-old Romie Locklear. The mans body was taken to the Dosher Memorial Hospital Morgue.

The death is under investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

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