Emergency crews rescue swimmer who dove into shallow water on Belews Lake

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MADISON, N.C. -- It was a close call on Belews Lake Sunday as a man nearly drowned after rescue crews say he dove into the water, not knowing it was only two feet deep.

Emergency workers say the man will be fine, but want to take this opportunity to remind people about some lake safety tips.

Steve Boles, the assistant chief for the Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad, says the most important thing is to wear a life jacket.

"I'm in my 34th year of rescue and I've never seen a drowning victim recovered wearing a life jacket," Boles says. "They are just kind of like seatbelts in a car. They work, if you'll use them."

Boles also suggests not going out to the lake alone. But, he says if you do have to go alone, tell a close friend or relative when you plan to be home.

Lastly, Boles says to make sure you stay hydrated while out in the heat.

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