Drowning claims life of man on Tombigbee River

A boating incident Tuesday, May 9, claimed the life of a Lisman man in Sumter County, Ala.

Joseph Vaughn Boykin, 68, drowned while fishing from a boat on the Tombigbee River near Cooks Bend.

Boykin, who was not using a personal flotation device (PFD) was recovered from the water by Sumter County Rescue Squad May 10 at approximately 7 a.m. Boykin was pronounced dead on the scene. Cooks Bend is located along the Tombigbee River near the community of Panola in Sumter County.

Nothing further is available as Troopers from ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division continue to investigate.