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Maiden man drowns at Lake Norman

August 8, 2011

A Maiden man is dead after he apparently drowned in Lake Norman on Saturday.

Divers recovered the body of Marlowe D. Young, 35, of Maiden on Sunday after searching for the man who apparently drowned while swimming to shore a day before.  

Authorities say Young was boating with three friends on Saturday close to channel marker B2 on Lake Norman. At about 4 p.m., Young and some of the friends jumped off the rental pontoon boat and tried to swim to Goat Island, which was close by.  

As they started toward the island, Young started complaining of cramping at which point he went underwater, witnesses told the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department.  Friends attempted to locate Young and made several attempts to dive under water to save him, but were unable to locate him.

“His friends said they saw his head go under the water,” Iredell County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Errin Jenkins said. “They looked for him, but couldn’t find him.”

Jenkins said emergency services searched throughout the evening and into the night. They located Jenkins body at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

The investigation is ongoing.

“We are waiting for autopsy results, but he appeared to drown,” Jenkins said.

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