MOORESVILLE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Around 5:30 Sunday evening a 28-year-old man along with another person jumped off a boat going for another swim. However, one of them never returned.
The body of the missing swimmer was recovered Tuesday, authorities tell FOX 46.
"The family has been notified, they are present and obviously they're very distraught but they're handling it okay," said Sgt. Ron Robinson with NC Wildlife.
Multiple fire departments and agencies are grid searching using boats equipped with sonar, a cadaver dog and a new robot that they can manually control while watching a monitor.
"Instead of sending a person down they can use that. It has a very sharp image which will show what they're looking at. They can zoom in and it shows them a better image of what they saw," Robinson said,
It's an emotional task for crews who lost their own friend 13 months ago to the day. Firefighter Bradley Long, also just 28-years-old, on a similar mission. He dove into the water in June of 2016 and never returned.
"Putting divers in the water can be very dangerous also so this eliminates having to have a diver in the water. Of course if it comes to that, we'll do that but, if we have other resources that can eliminate any more dangers to any other personnel out here then obviously we'll do that," said Robinson.
NC Wildlife says the lake is only about 15 feet deep in the search area, but the murky, debris littered water and weather makes their job harder.
"Around the time of the incident there were several boats on the water which create a lot of wakes which can push the victim in different directions. Of course the wind blowing now and the weather currents and that type thing can shift it in different places,” Robinson said.