An April 12 boating accident on Thurmond Lake claimed the life of Revis F. Johnson, 66, of Nicholson, Ga.
The 4 p.m. accident happened off the Raysville Campground boat ramp at Hart Creek.
Paul Johnson, of Lincolnton, the victim's brother, told officers of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section that he and his brother had launched a boat but that the motor would not go forward. When the boat began to take on water, he tried to go in reverse. The boat swamped and capsized.
Johnson said he tried to put personal flotation devices on himself and his brother.
He said his brother had a history of heart problems and other medical issues.
Witnesses said they took the brothers to the shore but Revis Johnson was unresponsive.
He was taken to McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson, where he was pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m. The cause of death had not been determined Monday.
DNR officers said throttle failure might have led to the chain of events, and high wind and rough water caused the boat to swamp and capsize.
Region 3 Capt. Thomas Bernard said wearing a personal flotation device is a major focus of boating safety.
He said DNR officers wear the vests at all times while on the water.
Bernard urged boaters to heed warnings about lake weather conditions.