HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - New details have been released concerning the death of a teenage boy at a local lake on Sunday.
Police say the call for service came in around 3:15 p.m. on April 28 from the 5200 block of Sample Road.
According to reports, the 13-year-old old was on an anchored pontoon boat with four adults and three other kids. He was playing on a large floating pad secured to a boat when he fell off and did not resurface. His body was recovered by the Charlotte Fire Department, and he was pronounced dead at 5:06 p.m.
Wildlife officers tell FOX 46 that because the boat was anchored at the time, by law, no one onboard was required to be wearing a life jacket, but officers are now reminding boaters of the dangers on the water.
"Whether you're a good swimmer or not, a life jacket can save your life,” Officer Philip Fulmer with NC Fish and Wildlife said.
Officers recommend no matter the law, age, or swim strength, everyone should wear a life vest.
"The water is not super clear here, so you're not going to be able to see. There could be debris underneath the water that you could get tangled in or trapped under."
Because the boat was anchored, CMPD is agency leading the investigation into how the boy fell and died.