Port Lavaca man identified in Chocolate Bay drowning

April 20, 2017 at 10:36 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A screenshot from Google Maps of Chocolate Bay.

A screenshot from Google Maps of Chocolate Bay.   Google Maps for The Victoria Advocate

A 58-year-old Port Lavaca man found dead in Chocolate Bay on Tuesday drowned, according to preliminary autopsy results.

The man was identified as Gregory Boyd Yarborough, said Calhoun County Sheriff Bobbie Vickery.

Yarborough had diabetes, and that could have contributed to the drowning, Vickery said.

"It could have been a leg cramp," he said. "He was taking photographs with his phone because he was sending them to his wife moments before. He could have stood up to take a picture, and the canoe tipped. There's not a whole lot of ways to know for sure what caused it to tip."

Yarborough disappeared about 6 p.m. Monday after he took his canoe on the bay by himself.

A motorist driving toward Magnolia Beach crossed a nearby bridge and saw the overturned canoe and Yarborough in distress and called 911.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Port Lavaca Fire Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office searched for Yarborough on Monday night and Tuesday morning. They found him about 10 a.m. Tuesday near where the boat originally was.



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