Crews find body of Chesterfield man who fell off boat in Charles City County

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CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The search has ended for a Chesterfield County man who reportedly fell off a friend’s boat into the James River Sunday night. 

Officials tell 8News 68-year-old Lindsey Brown’s body was found at 2:18 p.m., roughly 24 hours after he went missing. Investigators say Brown fell off a friend’s boat at around 5:45 p.m. Sunday evening in Charles City County and never resurfaced.

Brown’s friend told police they had been out on the water since 7:30 a.m. 

Brown’s family members didn’t wish to speak on camera, but Charles City County Chaplain Burrell Smith was on site to console them. 

“They were saying that he was doing what he loved to do,” Smith said. “He liked to fish and hunt and he was with a friend.”

After darkness complicated search efforts Sunday night, crews with the VDGIF and Charles City County Sheriff’s Office resumed their search Monday morning from Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park Boat Ramp near Herring Creek in Charles City County. 

Crews with Chesterfield and Henrico counties also assisted.

Chesterfield and Henrico County Dive Teams recovered the victim in about 8-feet of water and 20 yards from the shoreline.

Investigators do not suspect alcohol or foul play factored into Brown’s death. Brown was not wearing a PFD or life jacket.

The body was transported to the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office for an official cause of death.

VDGIF will continue to investigate this boating incident.

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