Northrup was nowhere to be found.
Reports say that water temperature was sitting around 47 degrees at the time, and if that’s the case, most human bodies will start to shutdown within 15 – 20 minutes in those conditions. After 30 minutes however, the effects of hypothermia start to set in, and consciousness becomes a real concern.
At this time, there’s no reports of any underlying health-related issue that may have been involved.
Northrup’s body was recovered in 33 feet of water roughly 150 yards from where his boat was found. He was not wearing a safety jacket.
Northrup was a retired chemistry professor, as well as the faculty advisor to Tennessee Tech’s bass fishing team.