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Teen’s body recovered after suspected drowning at Mountain Island Lake near Charlotte

Search crews find body of pre-teen boy in Mountain Island Lake

The boy was enjoying a day on a boat with his family when he fell into the water. The family called 911 when the boy didn't resurface.
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The boy was enjoying a day on a boat with his family when he fell into the water. The family called 911 when the boy didn't resurface.

The body of a 13-year-old boy has been recovered after a suspected drowning Sunday afternoon at Mountain Island Lake, reports the Huntersville Fire Department.

Investigators have not identified the teen and his cause of death remains under investigation.

The Huntersville Fire Department reported on Facebook that it was contacted about 3:15 p.m. Sunday about a missing teen in the waters near Latta Plantation, off Sample Road.

Teams began searching shortly after, including first responders from the Huntersville and Charlotte fire departments, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, officials said.

Search crews found the teen dead at around 5 p.m., “not far from the incident scene on Mountain Island Lake,” said a post on Facebook.

He was not wearing a life jacket at the time, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

CMPD is investigating the incident, officials said.

“The initial investigation has revealed that four adults and four juveniles were on a boat which was anchored in Mountain Island lake, and the incident occurred when the four juveniles were playing on and around a large floating pad in the water which was tied off to the boat,” CMPD said in a press release.

“At this point in the investigation, detectives have not found signs of foul play. However, the Medical Examiner’s Office still has to complete their part of the investigation and determine the cause of death.”

The teen was out on the lake with family members at the time, in an area where the water is about 9 feet deep, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

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