Hope Mills vet drowns in Harris Lake
Posted May 4, 2016
New Hill, N.C. — A retired Army staff sergeant drowned Wednesday morning in the Shearon Harris Reservoir, Chatham County officials said.
Dale Justus, 60, of Hope Mills, was fishing with a friend when he fell out of a boat while trying to drop an anchor in the water.
"He lost his footing somehow and fell overboard," said Debra Henzey, Chatham County community relations director.
Henzey said Justus' friend tried to pull him back into the boat and even jumped into the water to help him but was unsuccessful.
"The gentleman who was with him is just tremendously upset," Henzey said.