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Hundreds hold vigil for missing Roxboro boater

Posted March 3, 2011
Updated March 4, 2011

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— More than 200 people attended a vigil in Person County Thursday night for a boater who has not been found since his canoe capsized in January.

Relatives and friends of Chad Lee Napier, 32, prayed, hugged and sang hymns by candlelight.

Napier and another man were boating on Mayo Lake in Roxboro on Jan. 31 when their canoe tipped over. Authorities said the other man made it back to shore and called for help, but Napier, who was said to be an expert swimmer, hasn't been seen since.

Crews searched the lake on Thursday for his body. Family members said because the water temperature is so cold, divers can't stay down for long.

Sonar has also been used in the ongoing search.


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  • batricia1 Mar 4, 2011

    It seems like someone could do something! This is someone's brother, son, father, cousin...I am praying for the family to find closure.

    5 Dive teams, 2 sonar boats, twice a day surface searches of all the whole shoreline, 7 days of dragging operations by the person county rescue squad There is alot being done

  • tommys5 Mar 4, 2011

    Consequently, the length of time that elapses before the body rises, depends not only upon the amount of fat contained in the tissues, but on the temperature of the water. If the water is warm, the formation of gas within the body occurs rapidly and the body may rise to the surface in a day or two. However, if the water is cold, bacterial action takes place very slowly and it may take as long as several weeks in some cases, before the body appears on the surface

  • tommys5 Mar 4, 2011

    From, Kaieteur News

    A reputable doctor explained his medical understanding of drowning and the subsequent surfacing of a body. It is his belief that once an individual is normal (that is, without injuries) and drowns, it is logical that the lungs would take in water preventing the absorption of oxygen. This would, as a result, cause asphyxiation due to suffocation thereby leading to cerebral hypoxia (limited oxygen reaching the brain) and even myocardial infarction (heart failure).
    He added that it has also proven to be reasonably acceptable that after being overwhelmed by water the body would become submerged and relaxed, and is likely to sink to the bottom of the body of water. The body is however expected to rise due to gas formed in its tissues as decay occurs. It was explained that when enough gas has formed to inflate the tissues and distend the skin, the body becomes lighter than water and rises to the surface.
    This process is due to the action of bacteria within the body. Co

  • cariannestanley Mar 4, 2011

    that's just terrible, not to know where this boy is.

  • dixieboy Mar 4, 2011

    Surely they've considered looking somewhere other than the water.

  • jncna2 Mar 4, 2011

    It seems like someone could do something! This is someone's brother, son, father, cousin...I am praying for the family to find closure.

  • ncguy Mar 4, 2011

    when the water is cold the body will not float to the top.

    eventually when it warms he will surface unless he is snagged on something.

    not good news...

  • pebbles262004 Mar 4, 2011

    So for his family, but something is not right in this case....JMO