Divers search Belews Lake for missing swimmer in Stokes County

A boy died after being underwater on Wednesday in Belews Lake. Rescue crews were called to the lake at 5.30pm for a reported drowning after the boy failed to surface, said Brandon Gentry, director of emergency management for Stokes County. Search parties have been set up on Pine Hall Road in the community of Pine Hall. found the boy’s body after searching for two and a half hours. According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, two families were boating on Belews Lake when they stopped at a beach. The children then went swimming and one of them went too far. The child did not have a life jacket and would have drowned. Gentry said some parts of the water were as deep as 140 feet. A dive team used sonar in the search, Gentry said. The boy’s body was found near where he had disappeared. The boy’s body will be sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy to confirm his cause of death. Now emergency management teams are sharing their water safety tips for the summer. Captain Roy Stewart, with the rescue team of Madison-Rockingham, was one of the rescue teams on site yesterday. He said they respond to at least one drowning a year. He said there are ways to prevent them. “There are two big factors that we see: one, unfortunately, is sometimes involved with alcohol, and the other is not wearing … a life jacket,” Stewart said. Stewart said wearing a life jacket is crucial. , whether on a boat or swimming. “It’s really dangerous,” Stewart said. “Swimming through the channel seems easy and you get halfway there and you’re tired and it’s a lot further than you think and you don’t have a backup plan.” Brandon Lyon, the lead officer of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said the leading cause of boating incidents in North Carolina is when people jump off the ship to jump into the water, they may jump to swim or they may jumping while the boat is moving and not the strongest swimmer they thought and they, unfortunately, get exhausted, tired and eventually drown,” Lyon said. Lyon and Stewart said that even if someone is an experienced swimmer, it can happen to anyone. “We don’t really know what causes people who appear to be good swimmers to drown, but unfortunately it does happen,” Lyon said. “It happens to people you would never expect.” Lyon said people should always be aware of their surroundings and know where everyone is at all times. Gentry said between 40 and 50 people assisted in the search, including first responders from Stokes-Rockingham Fire and Rescue, Madison Rescue Squad, Belews Creek Fire and Rescue, High Point Fire Department and Dive Team, Stokes County Emergency Services and EMS, NC Wildlife, Stokes County Office of the Fire Marshal, NC Wildlife, NC State Emergency Management.

A boy died after being underwater on Wednesday in Belews Lake.

Rescue crews were called to the lake at 5:30 p.m. for a reported drowning after the boy failed to surface, said Brandon Gentry, director of emergency management for Stokes County.

Search parties have been set up on Pine Hall Road in the community of Pine Hall.

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

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, two families were boating on Belews Lake when they stopped at a beach. The children then went swimming and one of them went too far. The child did not have a life jacket and would have drowned.

Gentry said some parts of the water were as deep as 140 feet.

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

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

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

Captain Roy Stewart, with the Madison-Rockingham Rescue Team, was one of the rescue teams on site yesterday. He said they respond to at least one drowning a year. He said there are ways to prevent them.

“There are two big factors that we see: one, unfortunately, is sometimes involved with alcohol, and the other is not wearing…a life jacket,” Stewart said.

Stewart said wearing a life jacket is crucial, whether on a boat or when swimming.

“It’s really dangerous,” Stewart said. “Swimming through the channel seems easy and you get halfway there and you’re tired and it’s a lot further than you think and you don’t have a backup plan.”

Brandon Lyon, the chief officer of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said the number one cause of boating incidents in North Carolina is when people jump ship to jump into the water.

“So they can jump to swim or they can jump while the boat is moving and not the strongest swimmer they thought and they, unfortunately, get exhausted, tired and eventually drown,” Lyon said.

Lyon and Stewart said that even if someone is an experienced swimmer, it can happen to anyone.

“We don’t really know what causes people who appear to be good swimmers to drown, but unfortunately it does happen,” Lyon said. “It happens to people you would never expect.”

Lyon said people should always be aware of their surroundings and know where everyone is at all times.

Gentry said between 40 and 50 people assisted in the search, including first responders from Stokes-Rockingham Fire and Rescue, Madison Rescue Squad, Belews Creek Fire and Rescue, High Point Fire Department and Dive Team, Stokes County Emergency Services and EMS, NC Wildlife, Stokes County Office of the Fire Marshal, NC Wildlife, NC State Emergency Management.