Elon University staff member dies in boating accident

Ed Watkins, a staff member in Elon's Physical Plant, died on Friday.

Ed Watkins, a staff member in Elon's Physical Plant, died on Friday.

CASWELL COUNTY, N.C. – An automotive mechanic in Elon’s Physical Plant department died Friday in a boating accident in Caswell County, according to Elon University officials.

The school said that Ed Watkins was fishing with Elon groundskeeper James Moore at Farmer’s Lake when their boat overturned.

Officials said Moore was able to swim to safety and call 911, but Watkins drowned. A volunteer firefighter on the scene was reportedly unable to revive him.

Watkins had been an Elon staff member since 2007 and was described by the school as a dedicated worker and friendly colleague.

Plans are being made for a Gathering of Friends in memory of Mr. Watkins at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. 

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