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Wake jail guard killed in boating accident

Posted October 5, 2009 10:41 a.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2009 6:27 p.m. EDT

— A Wake County deputy was killed over the weekend in a boating accident in Virginia.

Lt. James Newsome, 55, was boating with friends on the Chesapeake Bay Saturday afternoon when his boat capsized a few miles east of Hampton, Va., authorities said. A tugboat was involved in the accident, according to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, but authorities declined to release more details.

The U.S. Coast Guard and some boaters in the area rescued three other people from the water, authorities said. Kenneth Evan, 57, Tilghman Hall, 70, and William Thompson, 73, all of Raleigh, were taken to Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Newsome, a detention officer, had worked with the Wake County Sheriff's Office since August 1991.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.