Friday, July 9, 2010

Man drowns in Lake Hickory


ALEXANDER MEMBERS ASSIST IN SEARCH FOR VICTIM — Alexander Rescue Squad and other local agencies assisted in scouring the waters of Lake Hickory June 30 after a drowning was reported.

Catawba County officials have confirmed that a young man died due to drowning in Lake Hickory last week.

According to Roy Brown, Captain of Detectives for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was identified as Mong Zong Khang, age 27 of Conover. The event was witnessed by several other people nearby.

Khang was part of a five person group who were boating on the lake last Wednesday, June 30. Brown said Khang and two others jumped from the boat to swim in an area near the Highway 127 bridge. However, the others had on personal floatation devices, and Khang did not. He was considered a good swimmer by his peers.

Witnesses saw Khang go under water but called for help when he did not resurface, according to accounts of the tragedy.

With the assistance of Catawba County fire and rescue and surrounding agencies, Khang’s body was located before nightfall.

Brown said technology known as side scan sonar was used to locate Khang’s remains. He added that the death is being investigated as an accidental drowning.

SOURCE: The Taylorsville Times