IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WJZY) - The search efforts for a missing swimmer at Lake Norman ended in a tragic turn.
Sherrils Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue diver, Bradley Long, 28, went missing while searching the lake for the missing 29-year-old Isaiah Cruz.
Long's body was recovered Monday evening.
Authorities said the body of Cruz was also recovered.
"We are all family. This hits everyone of us to the deepest core," a member with Sherrils Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue said.
Crews were searching all day for Cruz who jumped off a boat Sunday afternoon, and didn't resurface.
"That fireman that went out there for my cousin, for the family, we consider him as a hero," said Oscar Hernandez, a cousin of Cruz.
Two other firefighters in the search team were rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon with non-life threatening injuries.
No word at this time on the cause of Long's death.
Authorities told FOX 46 Charlotte a news conference will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 with more information.
A press conference will be held at 8am in the morning with more information.— Brett Baldeck (@BrettFOX46) June 7, 2016
#BREAKING Officials say that the body of a missing 29-year-old swimmer and a Sherrills Ford rescue diver have been recovered in Lake Norman— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) June 7, 2016
1 diver from Sherrils Ford Fire Dept. has died. His name is Bradley Long, age 28.— Brett Baldeck (@BrettFOX46) June 7, 2016
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Emergency crews called off the search Sunday night around 8:30 p.m. due to darkness. Crews searched a small area near the McCrary Creek Access for more than five hours Sunday evening.
It was at 3:20 p.m. when a man jumped into the water from a boat and never resurfaced. Three others were on the same boat and called 911 for help.
Emergency crews believe the man was trying to swim to a nearby island.
Sonar from the Charlotte Fire Department was brought in to help with the search. Around 6:30 p.m. the equipment detected something at the bottom of the lake so crews deployed an orange marker. Sonar passed over the same area several more times, but nothing showed up. Divers never entered the water.
A least a dozen boats from several area agencies helped with the search.
North Carolina Fish & Wildlife Officers said the search location is up to 80 feet deep in some places. The bottom is dark and murky. According to emergency crews, in order for divers to be deployed into the water, sonar equipment must detect an object several times.
Search will resume in same location tomorrow morning with daylight.— Brett Baldeck (@BrettFOX46) June 6, 2016