Missing man’s body found in NC lake, officials say

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Emergency crews say they’ve found the missing body of a Lexington man at High Rock Lake after he went missing Sunday night.

Crews found the body of 51-year-old George Goines Tuesday around 8 a.m. Goins was found on the shoreline near Crane Creek according to a release from Rowan County EMS.

Search and rescue crews previously suspended the search Monday afternoon around 5:30.

Emergency workers said Goines jumped from a moving pontoon boat without a life jacket and didn’t resurface.

On Monday, a cadaver dog had initially indicated it picked up a scent but a second dog did not, leaving no confirmation on a possible body location.

Fifteen agencies, 11 boats and more than 50 first responders were involved in the search.

The boat was going about 10 to 20 miles per hour and was carrying six other people when Goines jumped, officials say.

Goines went missing in the lake Sunday around 7 p.m. near River Pointe and Riverview Road extension in Lexington.

Search and rescue crews searched for Goines up to four hours. Rescuers from two other counties are now helping with the recovery efforts and are using advanced technology in their search.

The county says the High Rock Lake dam was shut down Monday morning to help calm the waters for the search effort. They’ve also requested cadaver dogs from an agency to help. The wide area and murky water made the search a challenge.

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