18-year-old man drowns after seeing snake in Montgomery County

Richard Edward Maxwell III

Richard Edward Maxwell III

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. — An 18-year-old man drowned after seeing a snake Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Richard Edward Maxwell III was swimming with friends in Tucker Town Reservoir at Tucker Town Cliff, according to an officer. Officials said the call came in around 4:22 p.m.

The officer said Maxwell was on a log and saw a snake. He panicked and let go of the log, then went underwater, according to authorities.

Officials said it took authorities one and a half to two hours to find his body.

The officer said the area the teens were swimming in is usually restricted because it is privately owned by a company. The rest of the lake is open.

Neighbors told WSOC-TV that Maxwell had just graduated from Mallard Creek High School.

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