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CORNELIUS, N.C. — Rescuers searched a portion of Lake Norman for much of the Labor Day holiday, looking for the second person in three days to disappear after falling or jumping into the lake, according to The Charlotte Observer.

As was the case with the 32-year-old man who failed to surface Saturday after jumping into the water in the Iredell County portion of the lake, the man who apparently fell off a large charter boat late Sunday night near Cornelius remained missing after a lengthy search.

“Those guys are out there trying to come up with a legitimate target,” Cornelius Fire Chief Jim Barbee told the paper. “It could be a long-term process, unfortunately.”

A team searched until about 7 p.m. Monday, and Barbee said the search would resume about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The equipment used to find missing people is very sensitive to movement, Barbee said. “All the boat traffic didn’t help matters today,” he said Monday, when many people were out on the lake celebrating Labor Day. “It was pretty rough.”

Cornelius fire and rescue officials were called about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and told a man had fallen into the water near the mouth of Davidson Creek.

Crews spent several hours searching late Sunday and early Monday then resumed the search after daybreak Monday.

Read more: The Charlotte Observer