Update with additional info:
A 23-year-old college student died Saturday while wakeboarding on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake.
According to the Department of Wildlife Resources Public Information Officer Paige Pearson, Max Bouldin of Mississippi was visiting with friends when the incident occurred around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.
The incident reportedly occurred near the Highland Lake Subdivision in the Union Hall area. According to Responding Fire, it was in the area near Highland Lake Road and Belle Isle Dr.
The area of Mississippi where Bouldin was from was not available, but Pearson said he attended the University of Mississippi.
Pearson said there were 4-5 people on the boat at the time of the incident. She added that Bouldin fell in the water and was found unconscious but still breathing at the time, so a woman on the boat who was a nurse performed CPR.
Bouldin reportedly was wearing a life jacket and was pronounced dead shortly after.
The cause of death has not been determined as of today. The incident is under investigation, and a medical examiner’s autopsy report is pending.
According to Responding Fire in an online post at 6:33 p.m. Saturday, responding to the water rescue call was Company 4 Glade Hill, Company 11 SML Fire Boats, Company 13 Cool Branch, Squad 13 Cool Branch and Med. 1-4B FCPS.
A 23-year-old man died today while wakeboarding today on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake, according to reports.
The deceased was identified as Max Bouldin of Mississippi, who was visiting with friends.
The cause of death has not been released yet. More information will be provided when available.