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Man drowns in private pond in Wayne County

Posted May 30, 2011
Updated May 31, 2011

— Authorities say a Virginia man has drowned in a private pond at in Wayne County.

Samuel Evans Turner, 31, of Courtland, Va., went underwater while swimming with friends at Busco Beach Saturday evening and didn't resurface, said Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Busco Beach owner Jack Bennett said Turner was a camper at his private park. There is no lifeguard at the pond, he said, and people are advised to swim at their own risk.

Turner swam to an island in one of the ponds with two other people, Bennett said. On the way back, he began to struggle but told his friends he was fine, but when they got to land, he was nowhere to be found, Bennett said.

A county dive team located Turner's body after about a hour of searching, Effler said.


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  • mdculb1 May 31, 2011

    I personally love going to Busco. My husband and myself are in our late 30's early 40's and we have so much fun when we travel to busco. Its not only a place for the "partying" but also somewhere to just go out and ride you atv. It's no different than going out on a boat or in a car. Each person has to be responsible for themself or their families. There is always the chance for some medical reason or another reason to put someone at risk. I know the owner and he is such a nice person who routinely rides around to check out things for himself. This past year it has been mandated that everyone sign a waivor and if you forget your card you don't ride. There are always safety patrollers riding around who are not afraid to escort you out for disregarding the rules. It is so unfortunate for the individuals involved but lets not lay blame. Yes, he does make a lot of money for the attraction that he has but he put it into place and has built upon it so don't be jealous of his success. Like so

  • djcgriffin May 31, 2011

    Sad :(

  • rider560 May 31, 2011

    do any state owned lake have life guards on duty?...

    NO, didnt think so

  • 4wheelin May 31, 2011

    i guess you havent been there in long time its not like that now, there are no open containers on atvs and if you get caught with one or drunk on an atv your out the gate. if you like riding atvs then please give it another try i go every weekend with my family and we have a blast but like anywhere else you have those people that try to bump the system and not follow rules. but overall its a very safe place.

  • mulecitybabe May 31, 2011

    When did personal responsibility become such a foreign concept in this country?

  • tow23nhalfhours2 May 31, 2011

    Sam i miss u alot .... BOB iam so sorry so very sorry ... I cant do anything to bring him back i wish i could i wish he was here with me now and the kids..... i miss him alot .... i love you sam n miss u xoxox

  • mcraineycrazies May 31, 2011

    Sad way to end the weekend, if there are signs there, then he was swimming at his own risk, he could have been exhausted with the heat and any alcohol playing factor

  • 4wheelin May 31, 2011

    to all the people thats bashing busco and jack bennet all i can say is apparently you've never been to busco or had the pleasure of meeting jack he's as down to earth as anybody i know and i go there every weekend i have permanant camper there jack tries his best to make his placed safe and family oriented as possible he has beach patrol that patrol the camping areas and this past weekend he even had the sheriff dept patroling the area on the ground and in the air. there is a 5 mph limit in the camping areas. as far as the safety record i think concidering the thousands that go there every weekend and swim or ride atvs he has a very good safety record. you got to know your limitations wheather your swimming or riding and take some personal responsabilty for what you do and stop trying to put the blame on someone else. if you cant follow simple rules or you need someone to hold your hand and tell you if somthing looks dangerous then please stay at home.

  • pwilliamson53 May 31, 2011

    Buso beach isn't the problem. It's the actions of those individuals. We as adults are responsible for our own actions & those of our children. Whether on the highway, public or private swimming areas, parks or our own property. Be responsible.

  • carolinagal78 May 31, 2011

    I've never had to sign a waiver to ride at Busco Beach. Is this something new? Signs are posted everywhere. You ride at your own risk.