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GA man dies after canoe overturns on Chattooga River

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The Chattooga River runs from NC between GA and SC. (File/FOX Carolina) The Chattooga River runs from NC between GA and SC. (File/FOX Carolina)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A man canoeing with his son and a friend along the Chattooga River on Monday died after his boat overturned and he drowned, according to the coroner's office.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said the group was canoeing near Mountain Rest when his canoe overturned as they approached Sandy Ford about 5:40 p.m.

Addis identified the victim as Ralph Head of Madison, GA.

A friend of Head's was in a separate boat and turned back to see the 64-year-old man floating in the river, away from his canoe, Addis said.

Head's body was pulled form the river about 7:30 p.m. Addis said it appeared as if his legs were entangled in the undercut of a rock and the current pushed him underwater.

The man was wearing a helmet and personal flotation device, Addis said.

Head died as a result of freshwater drowning, according to Addis, his manner of death is classified as accidental.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

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