Bodies of missing Lake Norman boaters found, identified


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LAKE NORMAN (WSIC) – The bodies of two boaters who went missing on Lake Norman overnight between Friday and Saturday have been recovered, according to NC Wildlife.

Sergeant Ron Robertson tells WSIC that 48-year-old Ernest Norris, Jr. and his nephew, 38-year-old Fredrick Martin, said they were going out around 8:00 Friday night with plans to return around midnight. Emergency personnel were called Saturday morning when it was discovered the two had not returned. Both men were residents of Mooresville.

According to Robertson, the boat was old and had dry rotted inside. It sank near the mouth of McCrary Creek. Emergency crews found the boat submerged in the water with its bow sticking up. The body of Fredrick Martin was located around 6:00 Sunday evening. His uncle’s body was found around 11:00. Both are thought to have died as a result of drowning.

There were life jackets onboard, but they were not being worn at the time of the incident.