Divers recover body of worker who fell off bridge, drowned in Lake Hickory

- Divers recovered the body of a construction worker Tuesday afternoon after rescue crews said the man fell off a bridge on Lake Hickory, and drowned. 

Firefighters responded to an 'overnight drowning' report early Tuesday morning. Charlotte Fire was called in around noon to help recover the body. 

The incident occurred around 1:53 a.m. on 4800 North Center Street (127 bridge over the Catawba River/Lake Hickory between Catawba and Alexander County).

Upon arrival, firefighters were told that an employee with Astron General Contracting was working on the 127 bridge and fell into the water.

A co-worker told FOX 46 Charlotte the man who fell into the water was Filigonio Perez Bravo, 28, from Guatemala.

Additional employees jumped in after Bravo, but were not able to save him. Emergency personnel confirmed that Bravo drowned.

Water rescue officials responded to assist with location of the victim and emergency personnel requested additional specialized equipment and sonars to respond to the scene. 

Various agencies responded to help: Hickory Fire Department, Catawba County Ems, Bethlehem Fire, Alexander, Rescue Squad, Lovelady Rescue, Catawba County Emergency Management, Alexander County Emergency Management, Hickory Police Dept, Catawba County Sheriff’s Department, Wildlife, Sherrill’s Ford Fire & Rescue, and the Red Cross.
 

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