Drowning at Lake Julian
Search crews will return to Lake Julian Friday at 10am to try and recover the body of a 42-year-old man who went swimming and drowned. Authorities have yet to release the victim's name but explained his three friends who were with him all jumped in to try and save him.
"They're still very shaken," said Ryan Cole with Skyland Fire Department. "This was their friend and they had a hard time not only with the situation but also not being able to get him out."
A crew from Charlotte is bringing a special 3-D sonar tool to try and locate the victim underwater. He was last seen around 3pm struggling to stay above the water but the current in Lake Julian was pulling him under.
"This is one of the reasons why they don't allow swimming in this area because it does have that current in there," said Cole.
The current comes from water discharged by the steam power plant on the lake. Signs or posted that swimming is not allowed. A man who came to the scene said he had spoke with the victim's brother he says is inconsolable. Multiple crews were at the lake Thursday through 8:30pm doing grid searches and diving to try and recover the victim. His friends had jumped in after him, and while Cole says at one point they had him, the current was also pulling them down and they could not bring their friend to safety. This story will be updated.
by Kimberly King
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