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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Former coach dies in accident

Associated Press

CAMDEN, Maine -- The father of Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott has died in a boating accident in Maine.

The Maine Warden Service on Tuesday night recovered the body of James B. Wescott, a retired Colby College track and field coach, from Megunticook Lake in Camden.

Wardens say the 71-year-old was in a single-person sculling boat around 8 a.m. Tuesday when he fell into the water and failed to resurface. He apparently had suffered a medical emergency. Divers found his body about 12 hours later.

Wescott helped 11 athletes earn All-America status.

Lori Kletzer, Colby College's vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, says the former coach "challenged and inspired" hundreds of student-athletes. He retired in 2003.

His son, Seth Wescott, is a two-time Olympic champion in the snowboard cross event.