Crews call off search for man missing from High Rock Lake

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- Crews have called off a search for a man missing from High Rock Lake, according to Rowan County Emergency Services Chief Chris Soliz.

Crews were looking for 51-year-old George Goins, of the Lexington area, on Monday. He jumped off a pontoon boat Sunday and has not been seen since.

Soliz said they have exhausted all search efforts.

Emergency crews from multiple agencies were called to High Rock Lake near River Point off River View Road Extension at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

Jon Howell, with the NC Wildlife Commission, said Goins was on boat with seven other people when he voluntarily jumped off the side of the boat.

The boat was moving 10 to 20 mph when he jumped.

Goins never surfaced again. The water where he jumped was about 12 feet deep.

Friends say he was a strong swimmer, but was not wearing a life vest.

Wildlife investigators do believe alcohol was involved.

Rescue operations including the use of sonar equipment resumed Monday morning. There were approximately 11 boats on the water searching.

Soliz said on Tuesday firefighters will canvas the shoreline.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.