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Man dies in boating accident on New River

Roanoke, Virginia – On Saturday a man was killed in a boating accident on the New River.

According to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, the 59-years-old Jeffrey Wayne Nicely and his friend were canoeing down the river at 10 a.m. when they came to the Arsenal Falls rapids.

The boat overturned and both men fell out. Neither person was wearing a life vest.

Officials said Nicely’s friend flagged down a passing boat for help, and was okay.

Nicely was pronounced dead at the scene.

Donald Wolfe

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