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Ophelia man drowns

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:09 am

An Ophelia man died on the water Friday night, but as of Monday authorities couldn’t say how.

Around 9 p.m. on June 24,  Joseph A. Boarman, 52, took two friends to their home across the Little Wicomico River in an 18-foot skiff, Northumberland County sheriff C.A. Wilkins said Monday.

Not at first alarmed, Boarman’s family did not call authorities until  11 p.m., Wilkins said. At that point, the sheriff’s office, the Coast Guard, Smith Point Sea Rescue and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s marine police mounted a search for Boarman.

When searchers arrived they found the boat with no one aboard, circling in a creek just off the Little Wicomico, John Bull of the VMRC said Monday. “All the [personal flotation devices] were on board,” Bull said. “That really looked bad.”

Boarman’s body was located at approximately 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

The cause of death is still undetermined and is pending an autopsy and further inquiry.

“We will keep an open investigation until we hear from the medical examiner,” Bull said.