Man missing from High Rock Lake identified; new details released

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A man missing from High Rock Lake Sunday night has been identified.

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

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 says Goins was on boat with seven other people when he voluntarily jumped off the side of the boat.

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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.

Crews are currently focusing their rescue efforts at the mouth of Crane Creek.