Windsor man jumped off Lake Norman pontoon boat to swim. He never resurfaced.

A man jumped off a pontoon boat to swim in Lake Norman and never resurfaced Saturday afternoon, media outlets reported.

Jeffery Wayne Cooper Jr., of Windsor, who was in his early 30s, died Saturday, the (Statesville) Record & Landmark reported.

The water was 59 feet deep where the man went in near Lake Norman State Park in Troutman, Charlotte Observer news partner WBTV reported.

Emergency crews recovered the man’s body just before 6 p.m., the Record & Landmark reported.

Dozens of rescuers from numerous agencies responded after someone reported a missing boater at about 2:30 p.m., according to WSOC-TV.

About a dozen people were on the boat the time, WBTV reported.


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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.