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UPDATE: Police release name of man who drowned in Waterford pond


LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland police have released the name of the man who drowned in a retention pond behind his house in the Waterford subdivision. His name was Bobby Braxton Pierce, Jr.

Around noon on Tuesday, an officer doing a welfare check found Pierce in the pond.

This is the second drowning in a week. On Friday, a homeless man was found dead in a retention pond behind the Lowe's Home Improvement store on College Road.

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We have seatbelt laws, hot

We have seatbelt laws, hot coffee warnings on coffee cup lids, bike and motorcycle helmet laws and pool fences-all to keep us safe.
I think retention pond fences should be added to the list.

Yeah, we need more

Yeah, we need more supervision. How can we be expected to keep ourselves safe from such things as Ponds and beverages? Maybe we should just require everyone to stay inside until a designated chaperone can escort them through their life safely....or we could exercise our right and privilege to freedom. Sorry to let you know that this means you will need to rely on your own common sense, too. Independence= risk, but that's what makes life worth living!
"Do something everyday that scares you."

I actually drove by this

I actually drove by this just as police were taping off the area today. It was in the "canal" that was behind the home. If its the person that lived at house taped off, I often seen him back there in his yard from the roadway that overlooks the canal and his yard....very sad. When I saw the officials out there, I was praying nothing bad happened. So sorry for the family.

Man drowns

What a sad day for Waterford. Every retention pond/finger lake is so well designed and nicely maintained.
For someone to accuse some of others of neglect, when there is no knowledge of what caused this horrible and tragic accident.
Mr. Exum has been the consummate builder, a gentleman in every respect, to taint him without any facts is so sad.
Don't use the tragic death to air whatever sick grievances you have...shame on you.

Well the poor fellow who

Well the poor fellow who passed was a renter, so his family may sue the homeowner who will turn it over to homeowners insurance who will go after homeowners association and or developer or builder.
Not accusing anyone of anything-just observation and opinion.
A simple fence around retention ponds could save the lives of more.

Can you say

Can you say Lawsuit?????
Seems like Mr Exum (the developer of Waterford) would have had it set up so you could not fall in all those retention ponds that back up to the rear of homes and drown.
It was an accident waiting to happen.

I could guarantee that the

I could guarantee that the property owners would raise you no what if there was ever a suggestion to putting up fences.

Did you see the pictures of the retention pond?

The obvious question is, why didn't he stand up, turn around, and WALK OUT?

The smart money says that both recent drownings were far more attributable to substance abuse or suicide than the risks the average retention pond pose to a healthy, sober adult.

Fences? are you kidding me?

First I would like to say that I was a neighbor of this poor man who passed away. The 'Retention Ponds' are 'Canals' and they make Waterford a beautiful community and should NOT be fenced. Secondly, our poor neighbor was ill during his last days, very confused, and not in his right state of mind. I contacted the Leland Police and they told me to call 911 next time I had to show him where his house was (he was lost). Unfortunately, Leland Police did not perform a 'welfare check' like I requested and I did not see him out in order to call 911. Had I seen him out again, he may be alive today. Very sad this man died because he apparently needed help. The idea of fences around the 'canals' in Waterford is a terrible idea. Should we put a fence around the Ocean so nobody can drown? Also, the second drowning referenced in the article was a homeless man who was also very sick.

Reg. commonsensenootc's

Reg. commonsensenootc's comment (who obviously doesn't have much)

It's obvious that you are making a comment regarding substance abuse or suicide when you know nothing about what really happened. No one has any idea what could have happened. Maybe a slip and fall with a hit to the head, maybe a stroke or heart attack. I think you are a very rude, inconsiderate and mean person to make this kind of comment when you know nothing except this person fell in the retention pond and drowned. I just hope his family does not see these comments. And I know this mans family YOU ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED when you make comments that are rude like this. When you go assuming things, you know the old saying. Please just keep your rude comments to yourself. If this was your family member you would feel the same. I mean really when did people stop caring about one another.

Sorry if reality.....

...intrudes on your emotions.

What are the odds of a heart attack or stroke striking just at the instant you reach the edge of the retention pond? They could have been struck by lightning too, right? Or a sniper might have nailed them from four-hundred yards away?

Of course, all of those beg the question, "Why were they AT the retention ponds to begin with."


Problem is, your version of

Problem is, your version of events isn't reality either, it's just speculation.

I'm willing to wait for the autopsies

I am confident in their eventual findings.

No, you're not willing to

No, you're not willing to wait for the autopsy. Your post contradicts your previous comments in which you declared your opinion of what happened to be "reality."


You were also confident the Pender school teacher was innocent.


I believe I said that I'd be "really surprised" if it was true....and I was.

In this case, I'm confident. Sober, healthy adults don't drown in glorified puddles with gently sloping sides.

Still doesn't make it

Still doesn't make it reality at this point, as far as we know. You're claiming something to be fact that you have absolutely no knowledge of.


He just showing you the know it all butthole he really is



Waterford drowning

Seriouly??? A law suit??? You can drown in 2 feet of water in your bath tub. Every neighborhood that I have lived in has retention ponds, without ponds we would end up with flooding ( hince South College Road and Wrightsvill Avenue intersection). If someone wants to be that silly then Why don't we sue the people who designed the roads in Wilmington? Living near a retention pond is much safer than driving in Wilmington.

Go sue yourself

You are a moron. Take your ambulance chasing, bleeding heart and find the bottom of your own pond. What else do you think? Maybe we should sue the state every time someone drowns in the ocean? Give me a break, you live in a bubble. My hopes are that you and your paranoia stay there.

way to go 28451

a man drowns hours ago, and the 1st comment is to sue the developer. it's cruel, shallow, heartless, monstrous, childish, selfish and mean.( i am curious how one could build a retention pond that someone couldn't accidently fall in? i guess we could turn all the ponds into above ground pools.)

what a horrible tragedy for this man's family, his friends, his neighbors...please, PLEASE --everyone--don't post mean, ugly and disrespectful words. don't place blame. not here. not now. yes, freedom of speech, blah blah blah. just because you have a right to say something, doesn't mean it is right to do so. show a sliver of class. my condolences to the family.


What? That does not even make sense. The canals in our neighborhood are the same as in any other. The garden homes even have small yards close to the houses that are enclosed. If someone does not feel comfortable around water, I doubt they would have purchased a home in Waterford. How could the developer be at fault?

Drowning in Waterford Pond

It is sad whenever anyone dies and accidental deaths are among the saddest.

The comment by Guest 2851 suggesting a lawsuit and naming the person who developed this community a decade ago is both callous and irresponsible. This family has barely had time to begin greiving and you're suggesting a lawsuit? It's apparent that you have a personal agenda and and axe to grind with the developer, but this is not the time nor the forum in which to do it. Furthermore, developers do not design retention ponds. They must hire registered engineers to do the design work and their contractors must then obtain permits from the state and county before commencing. Another approval inspection is required afterwards.

My deepest sympathies go out to this family.


sir are part of whats WRONG in this country right now! PLEASE PACK UP AND LEAVE! What ever happened to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY?! I guess you want to put up a 12 foot wall along the coast to protect people from drowning...MORON!

That's harsh

I think that's a pretty harsh comment to someone who is trying to be pro-active and make a suggestion about how to save a life.

If anyone comes off sounding like a moron, it's you.

The coastline is natural,

The coastline is natural, retention ponds are man made.Most places put them away from houses.
That's why many commercial ones are fenced in.
Why do you think in ground pools require a fence around them?
Putting a retention pond intentionally behind a house to make it seem like waterfront property-an accident waiting to happen.


me guess...both YOU and the poster above you voted for Obama...just a wild guess! NO..fences are around pools because of ambulance chasing lawyers who sue because they can. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY...if you wander into ANY body of water and drown...ITS YOUR FAULT! If your child wanders into a body of water...ITS THEIR FAULT as well as YOURS....PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY...not everything that happens in life is SOMEONE ELSES fault! These people could have just as easily fallen into a creek and drowned...I guess you'd say they should sue the state for that!?

Not True

I'm not familiar with the retention pond discussed, but I can tell you that there is liability on the part of the developer in cases of drownings if there are not signs posted or fences surrounding the water of the retention ponds closer than 50 feet from the yard of the resident. I say this because I am in the middle of a law suit for this exact reason. A tragic accident 2 yrs ago turned into a huge law suit seeking nearly $20 million. Attorney costs alone are approaching $25,000 to defend the case. Creeks and other man made bodies of water are in a completely different category. Ultimately these costs will be passed to the association.


GOD for lawyers...right!? HALF of whats wrong in this country right now!