Emergency crews resumed their search in Cornelius Tuesday for a man who fell off a charter boat Sunday night into nearly 100 feet of water.
Emergency workers resumed their search around 9am Tuesday for a man who fell off a charter boat near the sandbar, off Shearwater Point Drive in the Peninsula area. The search was continuing at around 4:30pm.
The man, who is in his 30s, was with a group from Charlotte on a charter boat when he fell off the boat around 10:15pm Sunday, the fire department said.
“From what I understand, he was sitting on the back rail of the boat, and fell off,” Cornelius Fire Chief Jim Barbee said Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency units were called shortly after the man fell in, and began looking for him in the darkness. Local emergency crews called in help from the Charlotte Fire Department dive teams and other area fire companies to help with the search.
They’re working from the Beatties Ford access area in Lincoln County. Barbee said the search is concentrating in an area around Marker D4, near the sandbar and a nearby island.
He said the incident happened in the main channel, where the water is 80 to 100 feet deep.
Searching had resumed Tuesday morning around 9am. At that time, Barbee said, “We’re just getting everything underway right now. The boats are back out on the water. We’re just starting from where we were yesterday, and expanding the search.”
Emergency crews from Denver, East Lincoln and Charlotte Fire Department are involved in the search.
See our Monday story, “Rescuers search for man who fell off boat near the sandbar.”
Meanwhile, the body of a man who jumped off a boat into Lake Norman and disappeared Saturday was found Monday night off Mooresville, the Mooresville Tribune reported.