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Man Drowns In Lake Norman After Jumping From Pontoon Boat

A drowning was reported Saturday on Lake Norman. Local media outlets reported that a man jumped from a pontoon boat and did not resurface.

According to WBTV, the man was with about 12 other people when he jumped from the boat shortly after 2:00 p.m. Iredell County emergency crews responded to the area near the Lake Norman picnic grounds.

WSOC-TV reported that the man's body was recovered at around 6:00 p.m. from an area of Lake Norman where the water is nearly 60 feet deep. 

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office told the Statesville Record and Landmark the man has been identified as Jeffery Cooper.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is investigating the death. 

Mark Rumsey grew up in Kansas and got his first radio job at age 17 in the town of Abilene, where he announced easy-listening music played from vinyl record albums.