Kerr Lake tragedy was first in swimming area

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

The drowning incident on Saturday in Kerr Lake marks the first time a death has occurred at the Satterwhite Point swimming area, according to Kerr Lake Park Superintendent Bryce Fleming.

Demetrius Cannady, a 27-year-old of 135 A Squirrel Way, Louisburg, was swimming in Kerr Lake with a friend, Fleming said.

“His friend was in the water with him when he saw Cannady’s head go under water,” he said.

Eventually bystanders retrieved him, but Cannady had been under water for several minutes at that point.

Once he was pulled out of the water, EMS took him to Maria Parham Medical Center and then Duke University Hospital.

Cannady died at Duke early Sunday.

Fleming said drownings have occurred near the swimming area, but never in it.

He said there have been two other drownings in water adjacent to the Kerr Lake State Park Recreation Area since 2008.

One was a boat-related incident and the other involved a recreational swimmer. He said personal flotation devices are valuable.

“Since there are no lifeguards on duty, you need be a good swimmer to be in the lake and we always encourage people to use PFDs,” he said. “We encourage anyone swimming to wear a life jacket while in the water.”


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