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Man drowns in W.Va.

August 21, 2005|By Candice Bosely


A man drowned in Sleepy Creek Lake near Hedgesville Saturday afternoon after he had trouble while swimming, emergency officials said.

The call was received at 4:55 p.m., a 911 dispatcher said.

The drowning happened near the lake's dam.

An adult male was swimming and went under the water. He resurfaced and yelled for help, then went under the water again, Berkeley County Medical Examiner David Brining said.

The man was pulled out of the water by other people at the lake, but pronounced dead at the scene. It took a while for an ambulance to respond to the lake's remote location, Brining said.


Deputy Tim Sherman of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is investigating. He was not available for comment.

The man's name was not released because his family had not been notified, Brining said.

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