Alcohol blamed in drowning death

By: Annick Joseph - Staff writer

LUMBERTON — A night of drinking turned fatal when an intoxicated woman fell unconscious and drowned in a neighbor’s hot tub, according to a Robeson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Rosetta Waltman, 63, of 14 Leigh Lane in Lumberton, was found underwater and non-responsive by her neighbor’s wife, Carla Bourbeau, on Saturday, Maj. Anthony Thompson said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a drowning call at 25 Leigh Lane in Lumberton at 1:58 a.m., he said. Robert Bourbeau recounted to the deputies the events that led to Waltman’s death.

“They, him and his wife, had been drinking and had been in the hot tub in their yard,” said Thompson. “He said, they had about three beers and some shots.

“He said he got out of the hot tub and Rosetta got in. Then he went inside his house,” Thompson said. “He thinks he fell asleep.”

Carla Bourbeau found Waltman’s lifeless body about 30 minutes after Waltman got in, he said. She immediately called 911.

Robert Bourbeau, also intoxicated, told lawmen he was in his house between 30 minutes to an hour, Thompson said.

“He told them (deputies) that he believed she (Waltman) was underwater for at least 30 minutes before she was discovered,” Thompson said. “EMS did administer aid. She was transported to the hospital.”

Waltman was pronounced dead at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.


Annick Joseph

Staff writer

Reach Annick Joseph by calling 910-416-5165 or via email at [email protected]

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