Man drowns following boating accident on Johnston County lake


SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – A person drowned in Holt Lake Friday afternoon after a boating accident near a dam, officials said.

Johnston County deputies responded to the call around 3:15 p.m.

Four friends were in a pair of boats, fishing in the lake, when one of the boats got stuck on the concrete spillway at the dam, authorities said. The other pair went to the dam to help. As the group worked to free the stuck boat, “one man was overcome by the current and apparently drowned during the rescue,” authorities said.

An older man died following the accident.

Officials said the incident occurred near the Country Club of Johnston County.

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