(LOOGOOTEE) – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a Harrison County man that occurred at West Boggs Lake in Daviess County.
79-year-old Herbert Stickler of Ramsey was fishing with a family member when his fishing lure got snagged on a log. While attempting to free his line, Stickler fell in the water. An attempt to rescue him by his fishing partner was unsuccessful.
He was pulled from the water from the north end of the reservoir off pine tree road.
An autopsy performed today determined the cause of death to be related to a medical condition and not drowning.
The depth of the water where the accident occurred was approximately three to four feet in depth. Stickler was not wearing a life jacket when he entered the water. The incident occurred Wednesday, around 1:30 p.m.
Responding agencies include the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, West Boggs Park Rangers, Daviess County Coroner’s Office, and Southwest Medical EMS.
Indiana Conservation Officer strongly encourages wearing a life jacket while boating or near water.