James City County authorities recover body of missing boater

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities in James City County said Monday that they’ve found the body of a 70-year-old man who went missing from a boat while fishing in the area of the Diascund Creek Reservoir the day before.

According to James City County police, a search began after officers and fire personnel were called to the area of the reservoir at 5:15 on May 24 for reports of an unmanned boat. The person who was identified as missing from the boat was James Jackson, Jr., a 70-year-old county resident who had been fishing.

Members of the county’s police and fire departments began their search with help from York Fire & Life Safety and Sheriff’s Office, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Med-flight, police said. The search was suspended at 8 p.m. on Sunday and then resumed at 8 a.m. on Monday.

With the assistance of the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and Marine Sonic, James City County authorities found Jackson’s body at 11:25 a.m. Police said Jackson was not wearing a life jacket and that the medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.

Peter Kushnick has lived on the reservoir for seven years. He told 8News he didn’t know the victim and has never heard of a boater going missing on the water since living in the area but is still saddened by the news.

“It’s a shame that fellow passed away but I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before,” Kushnick said. “There’s a lot of people out there, if you’re standing up in one of those little fishing boats, they’re not real stable. Who knows what could happen.”

To Jackson’s family, he says “I’m sorry that it happened and you’re in my prayers. I hope that you can find some peace in the fact that he was doing something he loved.”

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