Frankfort man dies after falling overboard at Herrington Lake

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2022) Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are investigating after a Frankfort man died Thursday after falling from a boat at Herrington Lake in Mercer County.

Shortly before 1:15 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, a conservation officer with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife responded to a call about a report of a drowning at Mid Lake Marina.

According to initial reports, Gary B. LaFleur, 71, was on a johnboat when he fell overboard into the water as another person was attempting to secure the boat onto its trailer. He did not have a life jacket on at the time. A personal flotation device (PFD) was thrown to LaFleur and he was able to hold onto it until he could be pulled to land, where a witness began administering CPR.

Emergency responders transported LaFleur to Ephraim McDowell James B Haggin Hospital in Harrodsburg, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing.

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