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Divers searching Belews Lake for missing swimmer in Stokes County

A boy died after going under the water Wednesday at Belews Lake. Rescue crews were called to the lake at 5:30 p.m. for a reported drowning after the boy did not resurface, said Brandon Gentry, director of Stokes County Emergency Management.Search crews were set up on Pine Hall Road in the Pine Hall Community.Crews found the boy’s body after searching for two and a half hours. According to North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, two families were out boating on Belews Lake when they pulled to a beach area. The children then went swimming and one of them went too far out. The child didn’t have a life vest on and reportedly drowned. Gentry said parts of the water are as deep as 140 feet. A dive team used sonar in the search, Gentry said. The boy’s body was found near where he went missing. The boy’s body will be sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy to confirm his cause of death.Now, emergency management crews are sharing their water safety tips for the summer.Captain, Roy Stewart with the Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad, was just one of the rescue crews on scene yesterday. He said they respond to at least 1 drowning a year but there are ways to prevent them. “There’s 2 big factors that we see. One unfortunately is alcohol involved sometimes and the other is not wearing a pfd, a lifejacket, Stewart said”Stewart said wearing a lifejacket is crucial, whether on a boat or just out swimming. “Stewart said, “its just real dangerous. Swimming across the canal looks easy and you get about halfway out there and you’re tired and it’s a lot further than you think it is and you don’t have a backup plan.”Brandon Lyon, the Master Officer with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said the leading cause of incidents in North Carolina that are boating are when people leave the vessel to jump in the water. “So they may jump out for a swim or they may jump out while the boats moving and not the strongest swimmer as they thought and they unfortunately exhaust tire out and end up drowning, Lyon said.”Both Lyon and Stewart say that even if you’re an experienced swimmer, it can happen to anyone. Lyon added, “we don’t really know what causes people who seem to be good swimmers to drown, but unfortunately it happens. It happens to people that you would never expect it.” Lyon said to always be aware of your and your groups surroundings and to know where everyone is at all times. Gentry said between 40 and 50 people helped in the search including first responders from Stokes-Rockingham Fire & Rescue, Madison Rescue Squad, Belews Creek Fire & Rescue, High Point Fire Dept. & Dive Team, Stokes County Emergency Services & EMS, NC Wildlife, Stokes County Fire Marshal’s office, NC Wildlife, NC State Emergency Management.

A boy died after going under the water Wednesday at Belews Lake.

Rescue crews were called to the lake at 5:30 p.m. for a reported drowning after the boy did not resurface, said Brandon Gentry, director of Stokes County Emergency Management.

Search crews were set up on Pine Hall Road in the Pine Hall Community.

Crews found the boy’s body after searching for two and a half hours.

According to North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, two families were out boating on Belews Lake when they pulled to a beach area. The children then went swimming and one of them went too far out. The child didn’t have a life vest on and reportedly drowned.

Gentry said parts of the water are as deep as 140 feet.

A dive team used sonar in the search, Gentry said. The boy’s body was found near where he went missing.

The boy’s body will be sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy to confirm his cause of death.

Now, emergency management crews are sharing their water safety tips for the summer.

Captain, Roy Stewart with the Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad, was just one of the rescue crews on scene yesterday. He said they respond to at least 1 drowning a year but there are ways to prevent them.

“There’s 2 big factors that we see. One unfortunately is alcohol involved sometimes and the other is not wearing a pfd, a lifejacket, Stewart said”

Stewart said wearing a lifejacket is crucial, whether on a boat or just out swimming.

“Stewart said, “its just real dangerous. Swimming across the canal looks easy and you get about halfway out there and you’re tired and it’s a lot further than you think it is and you don’t have a backup plan.”

Brandon Lyon, the Master Officer with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said the leading cause of incidents in North Carolina that are boating are when people leave the vessel to jump in the water.

“So they may jump out for a swim or they may jump out while the boats moving and not the strongest swimmer as they thought and they unfortunately exhaust tire out and end up drowning, Lyon said.”

Both Lyon and Stewart say that even if you’re an experienced swimmer, it can happen to anyone.

Lyon added, “we don’t really know what causes people who seem to be good swimmers to drown, but unfortunately it happens. It happens to people that you would never expect it.”

Lyon said to always be aware of your and your groups surroundings and to know where everyone is at all times.

Gentry said between 40 and 50 people helped in the search including first responders from Stokes-Rockingham Fire & Rescue, Madison Rescue Squad, Belews Creek Fire & Rescue, High Point Fire Dept. & Dive Team, Stokes County Emergency Services & EMS, NC Wildlife, Stokes County Fire Marshal’s office, NC Wildlife, NC State Emergency Management.

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