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Body found in Jordan Lake after six-day search

Posted May 17, 2013

— The body of 50-year-old man who drowned Sunday while on a family outing at Jordan Lake was found Friday morning.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which had been conducting the search for Ricky Hill of Siler City, said a fisherman on the lake spotted a body and called authorities. Crews responded and recovered the body, which was identified as Hill, said Sgt. Reggie Barker of the wildlife commission.

Hill was on an inner-tube that was being pulled by a boat Sunday afternoon when he fell into the water and never resurfaced. An exhaustive rescue mission that began that afternoon turned into a recovery mission by Monday morning, as authorities said Hill was presumed dead.

Crews searched the lake from dawn to dusk each day, using sonar and sniffer dogs to locate Hill, while his family members waited anxiously on shore.

Barker said alcohol was not a factor, there were no boating violations and Hill was in good health and knew how to swim.

Hill’s brother-in-law, Bill Lundsford, told WRAL News on Tuesday that Hill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved to fish and spend free time at the lake. He said Hill was a hard worker with a great sense of humor.


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  • halfpint1552 May 17, 2013

    No violations? How about riding on a tube behind the boat with no life preserver? That being said, I am sorry for this family that lost their dad/husband/grandfather. RIP.

  • common tater May 17, 2013

    I've been through this...prayers for the family.

  • don23 May 17, 2013

    Tragic indeed. Very sad. Once I fell off an inner-tube while boating and if you fall the wrong way and depending on the speed of the boat, the impact with the water could snap your neck or knock you unconscious. Considering he was very familiar with the water, that's the only explanation I can think of on what happened. Nonetheless, prayers to the family.

  • bige9999 May 17, 2013

    Tragic event, but glad the family will have some closure.

  • outhousecat May 17, 2013

    I'm so sad for the babies that have to grow up without their granddaddy. RIP Grampa

  • Obamacare survives May 17, 2013

    RIP Ricky.

  • Hasbeen May 17, 2013

    Such a sad end for a guy that sounds like a mans man, hard worker, great father and grandfather.

  • uragoner2 May 17, 2013

    Condolences to the family.

  • marciamal1 May 17, 2013

    I agree with Charlesboyer - wear a life jacket - my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this man.

  • 426X3 May 17, 2013

    Prayers to the family.