DAVIDSON COUNTY, NC - Davidson County officials said a 69-year-old man from Massachusetts drowned at High Rock Lake Tuesday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m., rescue crews were called to the 500 block of Roy Coppley Road where Jerry Meldon’s body was found after a 45-minute search.

The man was swimming at the end of the pier when he went underwater and didn't resurface. His friend was in a kayak and saw him go under.

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Sheriff David Grice believed the water was around 8 to 10 feet where he was pulled. Sheriff Grice said the man was from out of town visiting a friend. Sheriff Grice ruled the death as an accidental drowning.