On March 13, 2018, at approximately 12:30 am Mr. Eric Perdue was walking back to his boat, which was docked in the Cape Charles Harbor when he fell overboard. Due to the air temperature, water temperature, and alcohol, this proved to be fatal for Mr. Perdue. Cape Charles Police recovered Mr. Perdue from the rip rap besides the boat ramps. No other information can be given, due to related active investigation. — Cape Charles Police.
Those are the facts, but how Mr. Perdue tragically wound up in the cold waters of the harbor that March night is still murky.
UPDATE: Other sources have come forward with more information. According to sources, Mr. Perdue had lunch at the Shanty, but he was later seen drinking at other establishments that evening, and not just at the Shanty as was originally reported here. The weather on the 13th was also blustery, with winds gusting near 30 knots out of the east.
Accounts forwarded to the Mirror confirm that Mr. Perdue was indeed intoxicated. He spent the evening drinking at the Shanty, and every so often would walk outside to check on his boat. At one point, we are told he paid his bill and left, only to return a few minutes later to again pay his bill. Sometime near closing, he left and went to the docks and stepped off into the water.
Toxicology and blood alcohol results have not been released, pending the investigation.