By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
An 83-year-old West Virginia man, who was found floating in the water at Smith Mountain Lake on June 16, died later that day at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Samuel Baker had returned to a family-owned home on Betty's Creek after fishing with his two grandsons earlier that morning, according to Sgt. Karl Martin with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
After returning to the lake home, Baker walked back down to the dock, where he apparently fell into the water, Martin said.
A fisherman discovered Baker floating in the water and 911 was called, Martin said. The two grandsons were called and pulled Baker from the water. They administered CPR until EMT personnel arrived and took over.
Baker's vital signs were restored and he was transported to the Roanoke hospital, Martin said.
"The victim had a prior medical history, but we are treating this as a drowning," Martin said. "The official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy."