Charlotte man drowns in Montgomery County lake

An 18-year-old Charlotte resident drowned Saturday afternoon in Tuckertown Lake in Montgomery County.

N.C. Wildlife Officer Brandon Garrison said the victim was Richard Edward Maxwell III. Maxwell and two friends were in an area known as “the cliffs,” a 35- to 40-foot drop-off to the lake, in a restricted area owned by Alcoa Inc.

The area is a gameland, open only to hunting and fishing, but is popular with people who like to dive off the cliffs.

Garrison said it is a dangerous area, with logs and stumps in the water, but people gather there to make the risky jump.

“As I understood it from Maxwell’s friends, they had been jumping off the cliffs for several hours. He was on a log in the lake when he saw a snake and panicked,” Garrison said.

The call came in to 911 about 4:22 p.m. Saturday from a young woman who reported that her boyfriend had gone under the water and hadn’t come up.

Maxwell’s body was recovered in less than two hours. Associated Press