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Raleigh man killed in sailboat accident

Posted June 16, 2014

— An accident at Camp Mondamin last Thursday in Henderson county has family and friends mourning the loss of a Wake County man.

Thirty-year-old camp counselor Simon Everett was pulling a sailboat out of a lake when the metal mast touched a main power line and electrocuted him. 

According to officials he was knocked unconscious and later died at the hospital.

Everett had been a counselor for more than five years, and his family said he died doing what he loved.

Pastor Chris Edmonston, of Raleigh's White Memorial Presbyterian Church, said that Simon was a founding partner of Walk to State, LLC property management company, and donated his counselor salary to fund campers’ scholarships.

“He created laughter everywhere he went. He gave selflessly with every moment that he had to give,” Edmonston said.

Everett is remembered by family and friends for serving and engaging with people. He touched the lives of many through community programs and served as a mentor for youth, Edmonston said.

A celebration of his life was planned for Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the White Memorial Presbyterian Church, at 1704 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC.


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  • btneast Jun 17, 2014

    Code specifies more than enough clearance around water bodies for this not to ever happen
    From what I read, he was pulling them from the lake onto shore, so sounds like the line may have been on shore ......also, code I think is applicable for when the construction takes place. This camp has been there since 1922, so that line was probably up way before that code was put into place.

  • Ncgirl98 Jun 17, 2014

    Only had the opportunity to be around him a few times - but he truly did create an amazing atmosphere and inspire everyone around him to be better. Grace and peace, what a beautiful life.

  • ecdean2 Jun 17, 2014

    How did this happen?. The national Electric Safety Code specifies more than enough clearance around water bodies for this not to ever happen! The owner of the lines should be brought to justice immediately!

  • wolfpack317 Jun 17, 2014

    Simon was such a great human being. My heart breaks for his family.

  • nonPC Jun 17, 2014

    prayers to the family. God bless.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jun 17, 2014
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    This man sounds like he was a gem. So sad to see him pass on early. I know his family realizes that while he was here, he made life better for a lot of kids, and I hope they take solace in that. Prayers to the family for their grief.

  • Steve Orringer Jun 17, 2014
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    Sad story. My prayers go out to his family. He holds the same values as I do. I worked at camps too and know what a joy it is to help young people. Sounds like we have lost a very good dedicated man. Counselors do not make very much and I would have done the same thing to make a child smile.

  • luvstoQ Jun 17, 2014

    Why, oh why, would there be a power line that low where boats are docking?

    So sad.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 17, 2014
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    So sad, condolences to his family and friends. Sounds like we lost a good one :(

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 16, 2014

    Awww, I'm so sorry.
    Prayers for his loved ones and friends.