Missing boater recovered on Lake Norman identified

- Divers recovered the body of a missing boater on Lake Norman Tuesday in Huntersville, according to Huntersville Fire. 

The man has been identified as James Foster. According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the man is in his mid-40s. His family has been notified. 

Huntersville Fire tells FOX 46 Charlotte the body of the missing boater was found 35 feet deep just before the sun went down on Tuesday. 

The Charlotte Fire Department Dive Team assisted in recovering the man who is believed to have drowned after a boat crash late Monday night. 

According to first responders, just after 11 p.m. two boats crashed about 300 yards from shore. Two people were on each boat. Initially, three of the four boaters were rescued and taken to CMC-Main.

"We heard the fishing boat come by fast and my husband turned to look and that's when we heard the thud. The first thing we did was call 911 and we were going to put our boat in to see if we could help but the operator said police would be here in ten," Gretchen Deutsch said, who made the 911 call. 

About 24 hours after the crash, the body of the missing boater was found. 

This incident marks Lake Norman's first drowning of the year. 

Resident Kathy Norris tells FOX 46 Charlotte she has a message for people getting out on the water this season. "Life jackets on the boat all the time, and young children should always have them on." 

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will take over this investigation, as is typical with lake accidents. So far, no arrest or charges have been filed on any of the people on the two boats. That could change as the investigation continues. 

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission tells FOX 46 Charlotte the investigation could take two to three weeks. At this time, they're unsure if anyone on the boat was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

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