Police release identity of Goochland drowning victim

From NBC12 News

GOOCHLAND, VA (NBC12) - An 80-year-old Cumberland County man died early this morning in a private Goochland County farm pond after his canoe capsized tossing him and another fisherman into the water.

According to Sheriff James L. Agnew, Harold G. Sutton, 78 of Ampthill Road in Cartersville, and his friend launched their 17 foot canoe around 7:30 this morning at the pond off of Sandy Hook Road in central Goochland County.

Sometime between 8 and 8:15 am the canoe capsized approximately 25 yards from shore.

Sutton attempted to swim to the shore but began to struggle in the water.

His companion, a 20 year old Goochland man, tried to help him but he was unable to pull Sutton to shore and prevent him from going under the water.

The companion, who was uninjured, reached shore and called 911 from a nearby home.

Upon arrival, Goochland Fire/Rescue units, sheriff's deputies and Conservation Police Officers called for the assistance of the Henrico County dive team which arrived at 9:10 am.

After a search that lasted approximately an hour and a half, Henrico Fire divers located Sutton's body in 11 feet of water.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1126 am and his body was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond.

Neither man was wearing a flotation device.

No charges are pending.

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