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Fayetteville Man Drowns in Gaston County Lake

Posted June 18, 2007

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— An 18-year-old Fayetteville man drowned Monday in Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, officials said.

Giovanni Torres of 921 Stellman Drive, was swimming with three of his friends when the accident happened, county police said.

The group had been in a small boat and had paddled to a near by wooded area before going swimming, officers said.

Torres was the last of the four to enter the water and began to struggle approximately 20 feet from, police established.

A witness who observed the incident confirmed that Torres was having difficulty swimming and went under before the friends could rescue him, they said.

It was the third drowning in the county this year.

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  • musicheals36 Jun 20, 2007

    A young man passed away due to an ACCIDENT and all you seem to care about is a "near by"? Wow, I guess society only cares about pointing out other's flaws instead of feeling sympathy for the family of the guy who passed. RIP Gio

  • ghimmy47 Jun 19, 2007

    These people don't have an excuse. They have degrees and present the written word to the public. They have a long-established standard to meet. Now it's all about speed and ratings. Any day now I expect to see a spot on tv; "World ending at 9 ... tune in for the full story at 11."
    The boater could have been 20 feet from the boat, another swimmer or a snapping turtle.
    Life jackets are not "woosie." NOT wearing one is a sign of mental deficiency.

  • ladyblue Jun 19, 2007

    I try not to make fun of peoples grammar mistakes. Lot's of people didn't make high school, let alone college. In the older days, college wasn't as important. I use common sense and I figured out they meant 20 ft from shore. Didn't take 2 seconds to figure it out either. I'm also sure WRAL won't have a problem if you feel their news isn't trustworthy because of their errors. They don't make anyone read or post to their articles. I've never read any paper or book that hasn't had typo's. It's a certain few here that are always griping about typo from posts and etc. I feel no one will be offended if you all opened your own web site with zero error tolerence. That's just my opinion, not open for discussion. I truly feel for this family loosing such a young man.

  • elcid89 Jun 19, 2007

    "Ghimmy - I'm with you - the absolute least you can do IF you can't get your facts straight is to spell the lies correctly! ha ha There are so many drowning in the summer. I don't understand people who can't swim going in waters, especially around lakes, beaches, etc. where they KNOW no one is around to help them in case of trouble."

    Sweetie, that's called "Darwin at work ..."

  • swisher1 Jun 19, 2007

    Ghimmy - I'm with you - the absolute least you can do IF you can't get your facts straight is to spell the lies correctly! ha ha There are so many drowning in the summer. I don't understand people who can't swim going in waters, especially around lakes, beaches, etc. where they KNOW no one is around to help them in case of trouble.

  • Adelinthe Jun 19, 2007

    Praying for the loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • goutytoe Jun 19, 2007

    WRAL does a bad job editing their website. That reflects poorly on their ability to present news fairly. I would say that they are as fair as they are literate. Degrees have nothing to do with it - a basic grasp of standard English will go a long way towards communicating clearly. Even a spell checker would help. Grammar and syntax checkers would help even more.

  • lornadoone Jun 19, 2007

    MustySteer... it would be one thing if the errors weren't a regular occurrence on this website, but it seems every other story has been edited poorly...

  • mustysteer Jun 19, 2007

    Wow! I'd sure like to see all your literary degrees hanging on the wall. So one small mistake was made and a word was left out. You're just being ridiculous.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 19, 2007

    Overworked I would guess...

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