UPDATE: Man drowns in White Lake

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Submitted: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 3:49am
Updated: Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:50am

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New details on a man who drowned in White Lake over the weekend.

According to police, 50-year-old Danny Chavis of Robeson County was visiting the lake with his friends on Saturday.

Police say Chavis and his friend got into the water at Goldston’s pier and tried to swim to another nearby pier.

That’s when police say Chavis became exhausted and went under in about seven feet of water.

EMS attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead a little before 6 p.m.


  • 1SG America says:

    The question is not How many people have died at White Lake… The only thing we need to focus on is… If you cant swim stay in knee deep water. Don’t try to impress your friends and think you can swim a long distance and not realize that you are not in shape like you were in your youth. And the obvious if you have been drinking alcohol don’t go in the water at ALL… Sad people loose their life for reason that may have been preventable. Thoughts and Prays of the deceased mans family!

    1SG America

  • Guest120901 says:

    How many people have died at white lake? It’s like every year people die there…do they have lifeguards on duty? Or at least have swimming lessons, offered. Sad to hear so many people die like that.

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    Wilmington Observer

  • Native Friend says:

    “This is so sad to hear. It doesn’t matter the age, race, gender or whatever. Another life is gone and I agree with one of the previous replies, and I quote…” Were are the Lifeguards?” My prayers are with you my Native Brother. May the Creator Bless you on your journey.”

  • Vog46 says:

    In a lake that has an average depth of only 10′ – 12′ according to some friends there.
    50 years old too. I think he tried a little too much.


  • janjo says:

    I was there when it happen. We did not even notice that the man was drowning, the only sign that I noticed was he kept going under. I continue to look at the man but he did not try to swim or anything that would indicate that he was drowning. A man jumped in with a baby tub, which was not going to help save this man. The man that jumped in to save him yelled for help so I started to yell for help. No type of rescue device in sight. If no life guard why would they not have something that could have help to save this man life. To me it was a senseless death because if we would have had the equipment someone could have saved this man life. Instead of the Man that owns the motel should have had some type of device to help a drowning victim but they are too worried about someone walking across their water rights easement. He made sure he would let people know that you cannot cross over hear instead a person has to go to the road in order to cross over to other piers. None of the owners bother to help the man, they just stood around and looked after-the-fact. White Lake use to be nice but now people are trying to take over the water rights and easements. Who cares if Joe wants to cross over to another pier, should they. We were stopped several times because a person cannot walk down the lake or on someone’s else’s pier. You are not aloud to go from one pier to the next so how could someone from another pier help the person on the other pier. Go figure!!! So with this said the owner of the motel next to white lake entrance if you would have let people cross over to your pier maybe someone would have saved this man life. Now thanks to you someone has lost their life because of some water rights. The heck with water rights. I hope that he can sleep at night.

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