OHP identifies victim at Langston Lake

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified the fisherman who died on Wednesday morning following a boating incident on Langston Lake.

Troopers have identified the man as 55-year-old James Harding Sr. of Langston.

Harding, who was born and raised in Guthrie, and his 31-year-old son were fishing in a 16-foot jon boat when the boat began to take on water. The two men began to start back to the dock due to the high winds (gusting over 30 mph). However, the boat tipped, approximately 100 yards from shore, sending both men into the water. Related article: Update: Fisherman recovered from Langston Lake

Neither men were wearing a life jacket at the time, but several jackets were in the boat. The younger male was able to grab one of those jackets and swam to shore.

The son says once he reached the shore line he was unable to locate his father.

Harding was found Thursday morning just before noon 50 yards from the shore line.

Harding spent time as the head football coach at Star Spencer, though he worked as an assistant at Tulsa McLain, Tulsa Washington, Muskogee and Langston University. He also was an assistant in Hobbs, N.M., and spent seven years on the coaching staff at Lancaster, Texas.

James Harding, 55, of Langston


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