A 73-year-old man drowned Tuesday afternoon after he and a relative fell into the water when their boat capsized.
McDuffie County Coroner Paul Johnson said Deputy Coroner Foster Wylie pronounced Willie Berry, of Thomson, dead at 4:55 p.m. at University Hospital McDuffie. McDuffie County EMS responded to McNeil Pond on Cedar Rock Road around 4 p.m. after a possible drowning was reported.
Deputy Chief John Thigpen said the man was in a pond and fell out of the boat. He said first responders used CPR and drugs to try to save the man the ambulance was on the way to University Hospital McDuffie. Johnson said Berry had been fishing in a boat with his cousin and the boat capsized when he started the motor.
The two men fell into the water and tried to swim to shore. The coroner said the cousin reached the bank and looked back and Berry was floating. He pulled him to the edge of the water and called 911. The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to investigate the drowning, Johnson said.