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UPDATE: Man hurt in Claytor Lake boating accident in Pulaski County dies

Published On: Jul 01 2013 08:20:19 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2013 10:49:43 AM EDT

A man is on life support tonight after a boating acident on Claytor Lake.


The man who was injured in a boating accident recently on Claytor Lake in Pulaski County has died.

James Downes had been on life support because of a brain injury he sustained from the accident.

His family tells WDBJ7 that Downes died Sunday night around 9 p.m. at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.             

According to investigators, a bass boat struck the pontoon boat Downes and his family were fishing in.

Funeral plans have not been set.


Original story from July 1

A man was sent to the hospital after a boating accident on Claytor Lake early Sunday morning.

James Downes is currently in critical condition and on life support at Roanoke Memorial Hospital after the accident that took place on Claytor Lake around 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

A bass boat and a pontoon boat ran into each other near the public boat ramp. A bass tournament was held on the lake on Saturday.

Downes' daughter and wife were also in the pontoon boat when the accident happened. Both walked away with minor injuries.


8:20 a.m. Monday: This just into the WDBJ7 Newsroom, a boating accident on Claytor Lake. We're working to get more information right now. A bass boat and a pontoon boat ran into each other near the public boat ramp around 3:00 a.m. Sunday. There was a bass tournament on that lake Saturday. We haven't confirmed if anyone got hurt. WDBJ7 will bring you more information as soon as it comes in.