Elderly east Texas man drowns while fishing

BOWIE COUNTY, TX (KSLA) – An elderly Texarkana man has drowned during a fishing trip in Bowie County.

It happened this afternoon on a private lake off County Road 2001 near New Boston.

Bowie County Sheriff's officials say Leroy Smith drowned after falling out of the boat while fishing with a friend.

Officials are working to learn more, but say smith was 77 or 78-years-old.

"What we we're told is the gentleman stood up in the boat for something, and then he just fell out of the boat; a small narrow boat," said James Prince, Bowie County Sheriff.

"And of course he wasn't wearing a life jacket."

Divers from the Bowie County Sheriff's Office were able to recover the body in a matter of minutes.

The death has been ruled as an accident.

According to the sheriff's office, the two men frequently visited the small farm lake.

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