Man falls into lake and drowns during bass fishing tournament in Putnam County

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GREENCASTLE, Ind. (May 17, 2015) – A man was pronounced dead Sunday after he fell from a fishing boat and did not resurface.

James P.E. Camp Jr., 50, of Terre Haute was fishing with another man in a fishing tournament on Glenn Flint Lake.

His partner heard a splash, and he turned around to see Camp fall into the water. Camp’s fishing partner attempted to retrieve him with a fishing net, and he called 911 when Camp did not resurface.

Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the scene, and Camp was retrieved by divers and taken by ambulance to the Putnam County Hospital.

Indiana Conservation Officers are conducting an investigation on the incident but no foul play is suspected at this time. An autopsy is to be scheduled for Tuesday.

Camp was not wearing a life jacket at the time he was found. Indiana Conservation Officers encourage all boaters to wear life jackets while on the water.

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