Search suspended for young man missing at NC lake

The search effort on High Rock Lake on Saturday. WFMY photo

SOUTHMONT, N.C. (WFMY) — Search crews have temporarily suspended the search for a missing swimmer on High Rock Lake.

Davidson County EMS Director Larry James says the swimmer went missing around noon but the call for help came in around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

UPDATE: Body of young man missing at NC lake found

The search effort on High Rock Lake on Saturday. WFMY photo
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James says a 24-year-old man was swimming with three friends when he went under.

His friends told authorities the group was trying to swim from one side of the lake to a peninsula, located near the center of the lake, about 200 yards away.

Three of them made it but the fourth did not.

Making matters worse, James says the witnesses are from out of town and are not familiar with the area.
So they couldn’t give a good description of where their friend went missing.

Therefore, James says crews have a larger, more difficult area to search.

“Trying to find a body without a specific location makes it very difficult,” said James. “With the conflicting stories that we did receive from the witnesses, it makes it very challenging.”

About 50 people spent Saturday afternoon searching using divers, K9’s, boats, and sonar.

“We are dealing with various depths of water and when you were trying to get divers in the water and use sonar, it makes it difficult,” said James.

The victim’s friends told officials that he’s a good swimmer. They don’t know what happened.

“No matter how good of a swimmer you are, you can become fatigued very quickly,” said James. “Panic sets in and it only takes a matter of moments and you can go under the water.”

Again, the search was suspended late Saturday night on a count of darkness.

The search resumed at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Officials say this is now a body recovery mission as opposed to a search and rescue mission.

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