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Maiden man drowns in Lake Norman

August 8, 2011

Searchers recovered the body of a Maiden man who apparently drowned Saturday while trying to swim to an island at Lake Norman.

Thirty rescuers resumed a search early Sunday but didn't find the body until mid-afternoon, a spokesman for the Iredell County Sheriff's Department said.

The sheriff's office identified the man as Marlowe Demar Young, 35, of Maiden. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Mooresville, the spokesman said.

The man was with friends aboard a rented pontoon boat. They dropped anchor and tried to swim to Goat Island, authorities said, possibly underestimating the depth and strength of the current.

Friends said the victim started to cramp and went under. They searched, but couldn't find him, they told authorities.

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