DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Emergency crews have located the body of missing Greensboro man in High Rock Lake.
The 65-year-old man’s identity has not been released pending notification of his family.
Just before noon someone reported seeing an empty boat at the Buddle Creek Boat Access area off of Holloway Church Road.
Officials also found a truck with a boat trailer at the ramp, but no one was around.
Rescue crews from Davidson and Rowan counties along with fire departments from Southmont, Healing Springs and South Lexington helped in the search.
“If not for all the help we had out here today this could have continued into tomorrow,” said Larry James, director of Davidson County Emergency Services.
About six boats and 12 divers started in a spot where the boat was last seen and fanned out from there.
They used sonar equipment because of the muddy water in High Rock Lake.
Just before 8 p.m. rescue crews were able to find the man and bring him to the shore. He was found about 75 feet from the boat ramp.
“It appeared the boat had never been started so it appears that he was preparing to do that but the boat possibly got away from him,” said Chief Reggie Lookabill with the Davidson County Rescue Squad.
Because no one knows for sure why the man entered the water rescue leaders are using this incident as a reminder to all boaters and swimmers to use life jackets when loading boats or playing in the water at the lake and around creeks.
“It doesn't matter how good you can swim,” said Lookabill. “You could fall down and hit your head and we would be here to doing the same thing for you.”