Victim ID’d after drowning in McDowell Co.

MCDOWELL CO., N.C. (WSPA) – A man drowned at Black Bear Cove on Lake James, according to McDowell County emergency officials.

A call came in at about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday reporting a possible drowning off of Lake James Road, near Black Bear Access Area.

McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue, Hankins Fire Department, and McDowell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Jeremy Terran Benjamin of Savannah, GA.

Divers found Benjamin under water at about 4:59 p.m., officials say.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

NC Wildlife and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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