Texas Fisherman Dies After Boat Hits Sunken Confederate Steamboat

A Texas fisherman drowned after his boat struck a submerged Confederate steamboat in the Navidad River, authorities said.

Services are Thursday for a Texas fisherman who died after his boat hit a mostly submerged Confederate steamboat in the Navidad River.

Justice of the Peace Dwayne Taylor said the death of David Martin, 62, of Victoria has been ruled an accidental drowning.

A relative reported Martin missing after he failed to return from a fishing trip Friday near Lolita.

A boater spotted Martin’s wrecked boat.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Martin’s body was recovered Sunday from the river.

Rex Mayes of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said other boaters have struck the Mary Summers and attempts to mark it have been unsuccessful.

Mayes says a low tide Friday exposed about a foot of the steamboat.

Historian Frank Condron said the ironclad was a blockade-runner during the Civil War.

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