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Sanford man drowns in Carolina Lakes

Posted October 10, 2009
Updated October 11, 2009

— A Sanford man drowned Friday evening while boating with a friend on a lake in a gated community in southern Harnett County, according Sheriff Larry Rollins.

Buck Reitkerk, 30, fell overboard shortly before midnight while boating near the Carolina Lakes subdivision marina off Buffalo Lake Road, Rollins said. His friend immediately called 911 and started searching for Reitkerk.

Rollins said that Spout Springs firefighters, Benhaven EMS, Harnett County Emergency Management and other agencies from Harnett and surrounding counties responded.

Crews searched through the night for Reitkerk. They located his body around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.


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  • FromClayton Oct 12, 2009

    why in the wold did he not have on a life jacket? could he not swim? Dont even get near the water until you learn how to swim, and if you do, wear a life vest.

  • concerncitizen Oct 12, 2009

    Can you say life vest..............