FALL RIVER, MASS. (WHDH) - Fall River police are investigating a fishing tragedy on the Taunton River.

Authorities said Ronald Botelho, 73, of Swansea, fell out of his boat Wednesday morning when it began sinking. He was pulled from the water and brought to a local hospital, but did not survive.

The victim’s brother was also thrown into the river, but got out safely.

Police believe the boat’s propeller got caught in a rope, causing the vessel to take on water.

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