A 53-year-old Mocksville man drowned late Monday night after the boat he was in began taking on water near the Stumpy Creek Access Area on Lake Norman.
Herbert Eugene James of Mocksville was pulled from the lake by the Mooresville Rescue Squad, said Maj. Darren Campbell , supervisor of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation division.
Campbell said James, along with his son, Quentin Eugene James and another man, Daniel Keith Brown, were out fishing around 10:25 p.m. Monday.
James and Brown told sheriff’s office deputies that the boat began taking on water and they jumped out. They said they saw Mr. James holding onto the side of the boat and then saw him slip under water, Campbell said.
The son and Brown began yelling for help, and two women at a nearby home heard their cries and called for help, he said. Two people in a nearby boat also came to help and found the younger James and Brown hanging onto a cooler, Campbell said.
The people in that boat helped the son and Brown to shore.
Campbell said Shepherds and Mooresville fire departments as well as the rescue squad responded to the call.
It was the first drowning on Lake Norman this year, but the second in less than a week in Iredell County.
Ryan Hayes, 19, of Harrisburg drowned last week while swimming in a quarry at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville.