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Drowning at White Lake

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WHITE LAKE, NC (WWAY) -- Police say a man drowned in White Lake. Investigators say a 20-year-old from Lumberton was on vacation, when he went into the lake Friday afternoon and did not return to shore.

"A young male was going in the water to retrieve a float that was being carried away by the wind," White Lake Fire Chief Dale Brennan said. "He was about 225 feet off the end of Goldston’s Pier, and I guess he got distressed and gave out and drowned."

Kim Morris says she has been coming to this quiet lake with her family for 40 years, and there have been too many deaths.

"I know it says swim at your own risk, no life guard on, but at the same time, no one wanting to get involved and you've got bystanders that can always help," she said.

Morris says an important lesson that we all learn in swim class is always to swim with someone; a lesson too many people here forget.

"It's sad to know that someone knew that he was going out after a float did not call for help, or maybe they did, but not go after him," Morris said.

Several law enforcement agencies are investigating. They have not yet released the man's name.

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Past experience

Of course the news isn't going to hunt down the "experts", but Kim Morris made a good point. There is a death every year at that particular lake. Usually it's small children and is in the shallow parts near the shore of the lake. It's sad when you think that a child could have been saved just by someone picking them up. Obviously, don't put yourself in jeopardy to save someone that could potentially drown you as well, but that's just using common sense. I'm deeply sympathetic to anyone affected by this drowning and all the other drownings in the past. Best of thoughts and prayers to you and your respective families.

Comments like the ones made

Comments like the ones made by Kim Morris can be very hurtful and should be verified before they are put online. It is very obvious she was not at the scene. A young man is no longer living and another one that attempted to save him will be changed forever. This video should be removed from this site.

Bad advice, ma'am

Go after him?

Unless a person is trained in how to approach and assist a swimmer in distress, attempting to help by swimming out to the victim is a surefire way to have a double drowning.

I encourage everyone to get the appropriate training from the Red Cross, but until you receive it remember to call 911 and look for an alternative rescue method. Remember "reach, throw, row, (and only if you are trained) go."


Close down White Lake. That will help solve the problem. Even better, fill it in the stones and dirt.

Using your analogy...

let's fill in the Atlantic and Pacific. That way, we could drive to London or Honolulu.