One out-of-state man dead after boating incident

According to the Lauderdale County Coroner's Office, the man that died was from out of state.
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 11:36 AM CDT
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FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - One person died Wednesday morning after a boat capsized on Pickwick Lake according to the Lauderdale County Coroner’s Office.

The Florence Police Department along with Florence Fire and Rescue assisted the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) with a capsized boat in Lauderdale County.

ALEA says a Colorado Springs man, James Busha, 79, died as a result of the incident.

James Busha along with Gerald Busha, 70, were fishing on a 14-foot flat-bottom boat that struck a pillar of the Patton Island Bridge causing it to capsize.

According to ALEA, both men were ejected from the boat and stranded in the water for an extended period of time before they were noticed and rescued from the water.

Gerald Busha was transported to North Alabam Medical Center for treatment but James Busha was pronounced dead on the scene.

The investigation is ongoing with ALEA leading the case.

More information will be added to this story as it is made available.

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