Central Illinois man dies when canoe capsizes on river

SPRING BAY — Authorities say a central Illinois man is dead after his canoe capsized on the Illinois River in a fishing accident.

The Journal Star reports 24-year-old Zachary Mayfield of Spring Bay was pronounced dead Sunday. An autopsy by the Woodford County Coroner determined the cause of death was drowning.

Mayfield and a friend were fishing without lifejackets late Saturday when one stood up. The canoe capsized and Mayfield fell into the water.

Officials with the Peoria Fire Department say the friend tried to save Mayfield but failed. The friend called authorities after swimming to shore.

Mayfield’s body was found Sunday morning.

–Associated Press

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