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Crews Recover Body at Johnston Pond

Posted June 19, 2007

— The body of a Clayton man was recovered from a Johnston County pond Tuesday morning, hours after his boat capsized, authorities said.

Michael Jerome Nichols, 44, of 1000 S. Lombard, was found dead in a pond in the Plantation Point subdivision at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Nichols had been fishing with two other men Monday night when the boat they were in started to take in water and capsized, authorities said. There were no life jackets on the boat.

The other two men were able to made it to shore, authorities said.

Firefighters from the Wendell and Eastern Wake fire departments assisted in the search.

Authorities said alcohol was found on the boat. But they said they wouldn't know if Nichols was intoxicated until an autopsy is completed.


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  • Indymom Jun 19, 2007

    Apologie accepted, twerpie! No harm done. Everyone's perspective is different, to me it's small, but to others, large. This pond is in a subdivision just east of Clayton.

  • charmca Jun 19, 2007

    Ha indymom, I ask people that all the time! 4th gen Raleighite here!!

  • ILuvJetNoise Jun 19, 2007

    Hey Indymom,

    I wasn't trying to be rude, I was just saying you must have a heck of a throw. Born and raised in NC. Grew up in the armpit of America, Smithfield, NC. I am one of the few true JoCo's in our neighborhood.

    Sorry, I should have worded that much better. My sincere apologies...

  • Indymom Jun 19, 2007

    Geez, twerpie, no need to bite my head off. I live in there, too. Are you from New Jersey or New York?

  • ILuvJetNoise Jun 19, 2007

    This pond is in the Archer Lodge community. It is on Neuse River Parkway. Near the Buffalo Road and Highway 42 intersection.

  • Rig Jun 19, 2007

    Where is this pond? Is it in the Cleveland School area or inthe Northern part of JoCo?

  • ladyblue Jun 19, 2007

    My prayers to this man's family. I was afraid of the outcome being as it was a small pond. Yes, it is sad that people think because they can swim, they don't need life jackets. You never now what may happen to cause one to drown. When they fished my cousin's neighbor out the pond he drowned in they found numerous snake bites on him. He had jumped in an area where there were mocassins and gotten bitten so badly he couldn't make it back to shore. He was an eaxcellent swimmer.

  • Adelinthe Jun 19, 2007

    Praying for his loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Ashen-Shugar Jun 19, 2007

    It only takes seconds to drown. Even an experienced swimmer can drown if they are in water over their head and caught off-guard.


    Also could have been hit by the boat when it turned over. You could be the best swimmer in the world in 2 feet of water, if you are knocked out it doesn't matter. It is a shame that something meant to be fun has turned so tragic.

  • swisher1 Jun 19, 2007

    Yes, I have noticed that the grammar and spelling errors are atrocious on WRAL site.....I don't know - it may be because of the hurry in which they put these stories up on the website, I don't know. Whatever the reason, it's sloppy, disrespectful to readers and just plain lazy writing. Maybe they need to be more mindful of that than worrying about somebody "offending" their sensibilities and kicking them off the opinion site.