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Search resumes for possible drowning victim

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Authorities on Sunday resumed searching for a boater who went into the Lake Norman waters Saturday afternoon and did not resurface.

Mount Mourne Fire Chief Roger Hoover said the 32-year-old man had been on a 22-foot boat with several other people near channel marker D-11. He had jumped into the water several times already. But the last time, he did not resurface.

Hoover said the agency is still investigating what happened. He added that it’s taking some time because “we’re getting conflicting stories from all the individuals on the boat.”

A multi-agency search for the missing man ended around 9 p.m. Saturday and resumed Sunday with the help of several agencies, including Lake Norman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Charlotte Fire Department, Mooresville Rescue Squad and others.

Hoover said authorities are still treating the investigation as a missing boater case instead of a recovery.

“We haven’t exhausted all efforts yet,” he said. “We’re still trying to rule out whether he swam to the shoreline or if someone picked him up.”

Hoover said authorities are searching a one hundred yard area around channel marker D-11. He expects the search to continue until tonight.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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