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Crews recover body from Belews Lake in Rockingham County

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Friday was a typical day for two friends on Belews Lake -- until they took off on a jet ski.

Tori Vestal and Brandon Colenzo, both 17, went back to a cove they visited last weekend, the same place they found a boat with no one inside.

"We didn't think anything of it at first," Vestal said, recalling what happened. "Then we saw divers were searching for a man in that area."

Crews have searched for 72-year-old Walter Otto Neumann, of Advance, since Saturday. Vestal said something told her to go back one more time this afternoon.

"We were just riding and we see a body floating and it was face down," Vestal described. "I just started freaking out and crying."

The teens immediately called 911 and crews, including Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies, Guilford County Water Rescue and Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad, mobilized and located the body of an older male floating in the same area Neumann was missing.

Officials have not confirmed if the body is Neumann's.

Though the teens admit it's strange they were in the right place at the right time twice, they're glad they were there to help.

"We did the right thing. We feel like we really helped them out because they could still be looking for it," Colenzo said. "Their family, people, loved ones, they have some clarification for sure."