Man Killed in Boating Accident

State police says the accident remains under investigation

Sunday, Jun 16, 2013  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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Man Killed in Boating Accident

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State police have identified a 61-year-old man who was killed this weekend while kayaking with his son in southern New Jersey's Pinelands region.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Richard Minteer of Westampton was in a remote part of Wharton State Forest when he hit an overhanging tree limb around 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The kayak overturned and Minteer fell into a swift current on the Oswego River. He then became entangled in some underwater tree roots, but was soon freed by his son and some other kayakers.

Minteer was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Canoeing and kayaking are popular in the rivers and streams of the forest, which spans more than 100,000 acres and is the largest tract of land in New Jersey's state park system.

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