20-year-old man drowns at Jordan Lake while swimming with girlfriend

Ebenezer Beach in a Google maps image

WILSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A young man who was with his girlfriend drowned at Jordan Lake on Sunday evening, officials said.

Louis Enrique Castro, 20, of Sanford, and his girlfriend were in the area of Ebenezer Beach when the drowning happened, state officials said.

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According to Don Reuter, North Carolina State Parks assistant director, Castro had been swimming in the swimming area near the beach when storms began to move in. He and his girlfriend began to head back towards the beach and both began to struggle as they got closer to the shore.

The incident happened around 5 p.m.

Four people in the area attempted to save the two, but were only able to get the woman out of the water and to safety. Castro went under and did not reappear. Reuter said Castro’s girlfriend did not know how to swim.

The man’s body was not recovered until around 6:30 p.m. The Chatham Rescue Squad said Castro had no known medical conditions.

Ebenezer Beach is on the eastern shore of Jordan Lake at a point near the end of Ebenezer Church Road off Beaver Creek Road.

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