Search continues for man who jumped off boat at High Rock Lake; teenager drowns at Cooleemee

Published 7:32 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

The Dispatch of Lexington

Emergency officials continued Monday to search for a man who they say jumped from a boat on High Rock Lake on Sunday evening.

The incident follows the Saturday night drowning of a 17-year-old boy in Cooleemee.

A 911 call was forwarded from Davidson County to the emergency center in Rowan County at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. The caller reported that a man, later identified at George Goins of Lexington, was missing in the Crane Creek area on the Rowan County side of High Rock Lake.

Initial reports had said Goins jumped off the boat on the Davidson County side of the lake.

Ashley O’Hare of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said that according to witnesses, Goings jumped from the boat while it was moving and was not wearing a life vest.

He went underwater, and others on the boat did not see him resurface.

O’Hare said emergency agencies from Davidson and Rowan counties were continuing to search Crane Creek area Monday, but the case has been deemed a recovery effort.

In Cooleemee on Saturday night, emergency personnel received a call about 6 p.m. that a 17-year-old boy had drowned, according to the Rowan County 911 center.

The boy’s body was found at Cooleemee River Park, commonly known as “the Bullhole,” which is on the Rowan-Davie county line.

The teenager’s identity has not been released. His mother was at the scene, authorities said.

According to Cooleemee police, the boy was last seen swimming below the falls at the park — a danger area because all the recent rain has increased the force of the water.

The body was recovered about 30 minutes after he went under and was found 200 yards down river from the falls.

The Davie County Sheriff’s Office, Davie County Rescue, and Woodleaf Fire and Rescue responded to the call.

Cooleemee police are continuing the investigation.