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North Carolina man drowns on Buggs Island Lake / July 15, 2011
A North Carolina man drowned Wednesday on Buggs Island Lake, near Bowman's Bridge on Rte. 49 near Clarksville.

At approximately 9 p.m., Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Jones responded to a 911 call for a possible drowning near Lawson Drive. Mecklenburg Rescue Squad members and Rangers from the Army Corp of Engineers were at the scene, administering CPR to the victim when Jones arrived.

According to statements from an unidentified witness, the victim, Jessie Smith, 33, of Timberlake, N.C., had been swimming when he started having trouble and began to go under. He was pulled to the shore by witnesses, CPR was started, and a call was made to 911.

Mecklenburg Rescue Squad transported Smith to Halifax Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Danny Fox strongly encourages everyone to be safe, and “when taking advantage of our lakes, please use some type of flotation device to prevent another tragedy from happening.”

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