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Body of 22-year-old Lake Norman drowning victim is recovered

The body of a 22-year-old man who drowned in Lake Norman was found Sunday morning, North Carolina wildlife officers said.

The man drowned Saturday evening after his life jacket slipped off, said Allen Vang, an officer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The commission leads investigations into deaths on the state’s waterways.

Emergency crews recovered the body just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Vang said.

The man had been with nine friends on a boat in the Hagers Creek area of the lake in southern Iredell County when he jumped into the water, multiple media outlets reported.

Crews used helicopters and sonar during the five-hour search, WSOC-TV reported. They suspended the search at about 9 p.m., according to the station. Emergency responders resumed the search around 7 a.m. Sunday, Vang said.

The victim went into water 18 feet deep at about 4 p.m., WCNC reported. Two people drowned in the same area last July 4, according to the station.

The boat was off Barksdale Lane, which is off McKendree Church Road, authorities said.

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