MOORESVILLE An N.C. State University student drowned Tuesday at a popular Mooresville swimming hole.
Divers with the Charlotte Fire Department recovered the body of Ryan Hayes, 19, of Harrisburg early Tuesday afternoon in 25 feet of water at the Carrigan Farms rock quarry off N.C. 150 East, Charlotte fire Battalion Chief A.D. Brown said at the quarry.
The Charlotte Fire Department located the body within 15 minutes of setting up its sonar equipment, Brown said. He said the body was 15 feet to 20 feet from shore and had been in the water for about 1 1/2 hours.
Mooresville Fire & Rescue and local volunteer fire departments assisted with the search and recovery.
The youth had gone to the quarry with several friends, Brown said.
He was swimming with all of them, came up out of the water, struggled, called for help and went back under, Brown said.
Carrigan Farms hosts numerous school, church and community groups at the quarry each summer. On its website, Carrigan Farms says the quarry is a private swim area that is rarely open to individuals, except at select times, including Tuesday.
Lifeguards are not provided, and all swimming is at your own risk, Carrigan Farms says on its website.
In a statement on its website, Carrigan Farms said its devastated by the death.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased, the statement said. Our hearts are broken.
Family friend Ken Tucker said his daughter had gone to the quarry Tuesday morning with the youth and other friends. They werent part of an organized group, just friends enjoying a June outing, he said.
Tucker said Hayes was a rising sophomore at N.C. State studying computer science.
Ive known him all of his life, Tucker said at the quarry. He was full of promise, full of life. He had his whole life ahead of him. He was the type of individual any father would be proud of.
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