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Update: New Info on Death in James River


Update Monday 3 p.m.:

Amherst Co., VA- Officials say they don't have enough evidence to say it was another boat that created the wake that caused a boat to capsize in the James River killing one man.

Officials say the cause was that both men in the boat were leaning to one side. They say the Charles Riggleman then started the engine, and Robert Riggleman stood up, causing the boat to tip. 

Officials say Charles Riggleman was rescued by another vote on the river after he fell in. He refused to go to the hospital. 


Amherst Co., VA- An Appomattox County man died Saturday night after his boat capsized on the Stapleton area of the James River.

Robert Edward Riggleman, 62, and Charles Riggleman were anchored in their 14-foot boat, when Robert Riggleman stood up to pull the anchor out of the water.

While Riggleman was standing, another boat passed his, causing a wake that made him fall out of the boat. The wake was big enough that it also caused Riggleman's boat to fill with water and capsize. Charles Riggleman survived the incident.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket when boat capsized.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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