Woman Charged In Fatal Boating Mishap

A woman has been charged with boating while impaired after a man died of the personal injuries he suffered when he exited a boat to help set an anchor on a North Carolina coastal waterway.

According to a statement from Wildlife Resources Officer Ryan Taylor on July 9, 54-year-old Emerald Isle resident Deborah Root had been charged in the incident.

According to authorities, on the day of the incident, 61-year-old Ronald Metzger exited Root’s boat to aid her and his wife with anchoring the vessel. He then went swimming and was unable to reenter the boat and began to struggle. He was pronounced dead shortly after receiving Coast Guard transport to a boat ramp at Cedar Point.

The wildlife agency and Carteret County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the incident.

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