UPDATED: Danville man dead after falling out of boat during fishing tournament

UPDATED: Danville man dead after falling out of boat during fishing tournament

Story originally posted on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6:17 p.m.

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County coroner says a 72-year-old man was pronounced dead Saturday morning after he fell out of his boat in Lake Vermilion.

Kenneth Dunbar, of Danville, was pronounced dead at 7:49 a.m. on Saturday, according to a news release from Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

He had just left the boat ramp to participate in a morning fishing tournament, according to the release, when he fell overboard for unknown reasons. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday morning.

The coroner, Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois Department of Natural Resources are continuing to investigate the incident.

Update: After Sunday morning's autopsy, Johnson ruled that Dunbar's death was by drowning, although she noted that he had severe heart problems that are believed to have contributed to the accident.

Comments

News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments