Man drowns in Lake Norman after jumping off pontoon boat

Updated: Jul. 21, 2019 at 5:03 PM EDT
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man who died after leaping from a pontoon boat to go swimming in Lake Norman Saturday has been identified by deputies as 32-year-old Jeffery Wayne Cooper Jr.

Deputies say 12 people were aboard when the boat began to drift away from the anchor. No one was wearing life vests, deputies say, and Cooper drowned. Cooper’s body was found in an area of the lake described as being 59 feet deep.

The incident happened around 2 p.m.

No further information has been released at this time.

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