Man Dies When Airboat Capsizes During Fishing Trip

ORANGE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A north Florida man died when his airboat capsized during a fishing trip in the Rodman Reservoir.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says 64-year-old Phillip Howard Taylor died Tuesday when the boat took a hard right turn and rolled over. Taylor and 50-year-old Raymond Allen fell into the water.

The Gainesville Sun reports the men shared a life jacket and used a cooler to stay afloat.

Wildlife agency spokeswoman Joy Hill says a man paddled a canoe to the site and told the men to hold onto his boat as he returned to shore. As they neared land, a pontoon boat arrived and the men were taken aboard. At that point Taylor was unresponsive and pronounced dead. Allen was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.


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