Man dies on High Rock Lake after possible seizure, fall into water

Published 5:00 pm Monday, June 29, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

HIGH ROCK LAKE — A man died Monday after authorities said he fell into a cove on High Rock Lake after experiencing a possible seizure.

Miller’s Ferry Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Fox said the man, whose name was not immediately available, was doing landscaping at a home on Rendleman Road, located off of Long Ferry Road.

Fox said the man and his brother own a private landscaping company and were contracted to work at 375 Rendleman Road. Rescue personnel were dispatched to the area at 2:50 p.m., arrived at the scene at 2:56 pm and found him six minutes later about 15 feet from where he fell into the water. The man fell into about 3 feet of water, Fox said.

He said the victim was trimming grass around the edge of the water, according to the man’s brother. Fox said the last time the man’s brother saw him was about 2:30 p.m.

The victim’s brother was mowing the lawn. He found his brother’s shirt at the edge of the water. The trimmer was in the water. It’s believed the victim was in the water about 45 minutes before rescue personnel found him.

Miller’s Ferry Fire Department provided a boat so that rescuers could get to the victim. The boat docked at an access point at the Rowan Shrine Club.

Miller’s Ferry Fire Department, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Rowan Rescue Squad and Rowan EMS all responded to the incident.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. No other details were immediately available.