Morehead State professor dies in drowning at Herrington Lake

Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-09 10:17:59-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A professor at Morehead State University has died after drowning at Herrington Lake.

According to Deputy Coroner Dan Eades, the incident occurred at Mid Lake Marina. The coroner says 71-year-old Gary B. LaFleur, of Frankfort, fell off the back of his boat at the ramp.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says he fell overboard as another person was attempting to secure the boat onto its trailer. They say he did not have a life jacket on at the time.

The coroner says LaFleur's wife attempted to rescue him from the water but was unsuccessful. Once on scene, Burgin Fire and Rescue and Burgin Police entered the water and pulled LaFleur out of the water. Officials say that LaFleur did not have a life jacket on and didn't know how to swim.

Officials performed CPR on LaFleur, and EMS was also on the scene. He was transported to Ephraim McDowell James B Haggin Hospital in Harrodsburg where he later died.

According to Morehead State, LaFleur has been teaching for 50 years and was at Morehead State University for 32 years.