MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — A teenager who drowned in Mountain Island Lake was under the water for two hours before 911 was called, according to police.
WSOC reported that Gaston County’s dive team spent more than two hours searching the lake for the 19-year-old Tuesday evening.
Police said he went under the water around 4:30 p.m., but that his friends didn’t call for help until two hours later.
They received the call about a possible drowning at the lake around 6:30 p.m.
Police said a 19-year-old and some friends were swimming in a popular swimming hole off of Mountain Island Road near the water treatment plant.
The victim, whose name has not been released pending family notification, never surfaced.
The dive team found his body just before 8:30 p.m.
Police say the group were illegally swimming in the area, and had to cross a fence to reach the water.