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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a renowned rowing coach after he fell from a boat into Northern California’s Lake Natoma.

The Sacramento Bee reports rescue crews recovered the body of 66-year-old John Hooten Jr. Tuesday, a day after he suddenly fell overboard while navigating a single rowing shell.

Hooten coached at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia for several years. Eighteen Vesper rowers became Olympians under his watch.

A friend rowing nearby tried to rescue Hooten as he flailed in the water, but was too late.

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He had been coaching the Johnson Ranch Barracudas youth swim club in Roseville, California since 2005.

Longtime friend John Jonik tells the newspaper Hooten had been training for a regatta.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,