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Lake Wylie search for missing man now a recovery effort

Crews from Charlotte and York County were searching Lake Wylie for a person reported missing in the water Wednesday afternoon.
Crews from Charlotte and York County were searching Lake Wylie for a person reported missing in the water Wednesday afternoon. cmuccigrosso@lakewyliepilot.com

The Lake Wylie search for a missing man Wednesday afternoon had become a recovery effort by Wednesday night.

The search was called off around 9 p.m. Wednesday because of darkness, with plans to resume Thursday morning.

Fire officials say a 30-year-old man was reported missing in the water around 5:15 p.m. Capt. Dennis Gist of the Charlotte Fire Department said crews were assisting the Steele Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

The identity of the missing man has not been released.

“Someone was on a boat and went in the water,” Gist said, quoting eyewitness statements. “We don’t know if they fell or jumped.”

The man was on the boat with family and friends at the time, Gist said.

Crews appeared to be searching the lake’s main channel just south of the Buster Boyd Bridge. Gist said they are “searching for objects” using sonar equipment and the search area is about 400 feet by 400 feet.

“We are trying to locate where a victim possibly went in,” he said.

The victim’s family and friends were assisting in the search.

Divers with the York County Sheriff’s Office were on standby to assist if needed, according to Kim Morehouse, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. The agency also had a boat providing security for the search zone.

“At this juncture, it is under Charlotte Fire’s incident command,” she said. “We’re on standby resource-wise in case they need more divers to assist Charlotte Fire.”

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

Catherine Muccigrosso: 803-831-8166, @LakeWyliePilot

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