Person dies in hospital after near drowning on Lake Wylie

Man hospitalized after near drowning on Lake Wylie

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was rushed to the hospital after a near drowning on Lake Wylie in the Charlotte area Wednesday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Nickolaos Polyzos.

According to family, Polyzos died in the hospital Wednesday night.

The family is making arrangements for his funeral to be held Saturday.

His daughter told WBTV she wants to “express the importance of adults taking swim lessons and the urgency of wearing life jackets when on a boat.”

According to Mecklenburg EMS, the incident happened in the area of 9 Eagles Lane. shortly before 3:45 p.m.

CMPD officers on scene told WBTV Polyzos and a woman were swimming when it started raining.

Polyzos helped her get back on the boat but then he fell back in the lake.

It happened near Lake Wylie’s popular sand bar when their boat started drifting away.

“It is actually located on the main channel of Lake Wylie so in addition to boats being rafted up and people recreating there is a fair amount of boat traffic," North Carolina Wildlife Sgt. William Laton said.

Emergency officials say they responded to a drowning call in the area and upon arriving found that the victim had been pulled ashore by other boaters.

It's not the first time something like this has happened here.

In June of 2018 62-year-old Victor Wiggins drowned after either jumping or falling off of a boat near the sandbar.

These incidents are a wake up call for everyone who enjoys the lake.

“If you’re swimming you want to make sure that you’re honest with yourself as far as what your swimming abilities are," Sgt. Laton said.

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