Search for missing swimmer at Blewett Falls to resume Monday


By Imari Scarbrough - [email protected]



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LILESVILLE — Authorities are searching for a man who disappeared Sunday while swimming at Blewett Falls.

A 64-year-old Scotland County man was with his family on a pontoon when he left the boat to swim, according to Lt. Brian Tice with the Anson County Sheriff’s Office. The man’s family called 911 when the man went under the water at about 5 p.m.

The search is complicated by conflicting accounts of where the man went missing, Anson County Emergency Services Director Rodney Diggs said.

According to Diggs, the lake is about 40 feet deep in the center, but he believes the area where the man went under to be about 15 to 20 feet deep.

Diggs said he did not expect the current to carry the body far from the site where he went under.

“My experience is, where they went down is where they’ll come up,” Diggs said.

Rescue efforts halted around 9:15 p.m. and Diggs said the search will resume at about 9 a.m. Monday, with Charlotte Fire and Rescue sending out a sonar team and divers. One boat equipped with sonar was already on the water Sunday evening, he added.

Diggs asked for public cooperation and privacy.

“We ask people to avoid this scene while we conduct this search,” he said.

Anson County Emergency Management and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are heading the search. They are being assisted by Ellerbe Fire and Rescue, Cordova Fire and Rescue, Lilesville Fire Department, Anson County Sheriff’s Office, Anson EMS, Anson Rescue Squad, North Carolina Emergency Management, Anson County Emergency Management, Hamlet Fire and Rescue and the Rockingham Fire Department.

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By Imari Scarbrough

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