According to officials Bobby Dixon of Williamston drowned after he fell off a boat into the water near the Sans Souci Ferry dock in Bertie County Friday afternoon.
Officials say Dixon and his friend James Peele had just been fishing in the Cashie River when they went to go dock their boat. As they attempted to dock the boat Dixon lost his footing and fell into the water.
Officials say Dixon could not swim. They say Peele threw Dixon a life jacket, but Dixon was concentrating on treading water and was not able to reach it. They say Dixon then drowned.
Deputies were called out to the scene along with a dive team around 3:30 pm. They were able to locate the body just before 5 p.m.
WITN spoke with Dixon's wife Patricia Saturday who said, "He was a family man, he loved everybody, he helped everybody, and God took him where he did something he really loved to do."
The medical examiner has been called and state wildlife officers continue to investigate.
Authorities are investigating the drowning of a fisherman this afternoon in Bertie County.
Chief Deputy Greg Atkins tells WITN News that the man's body was found just before 5:00 p.m. in the Cashie River at the Sans Souci Ferry dock.
Atkins says two men were fishing this afternoon and they were trying to dock their boat when somehow one of them fell into the water.
The medical examiner has been called and state wildlife officers are at the scene investigating. The man's name has not yet been released.