Body Recovered in Lake Julian Drowning

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 06:45 PM EDT
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Crews have found the body of a drowning victim at Lake Julian in Asheville.

Authorities say 43 year-old James Ray Freeman was swimming with friends Thursday afternoon, when he went underwater and never resurfaced.
His body was found Friday morning at around 9 a.m. with the help of 3D sonar.

Freeman's body was recovered about 30 feet from the dock, which he had been swimming off of when friends saw him go under. The water was about 15 feet deep in that area. 

Deputy Chief Ryan Cole, Skyland Fire Department, "once they identified that and went down to confirm that they had something it was obviously known that they did have, was able to find the victim, that is a big relief to us because that is something that the quicker that we can resolve it, the quicker that healing can start for the family and everything can be better for them."

Swimming is prohibited in this part of Lake Julian because strong undercurrents caused by the Duke Energy plant that sits along the lake make it dangerous. It was just about 100 yards from where Freeman's body was found this morning that, officials say, Duke spits hot water that's been cycled through the plant, back into the lake.

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