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Tucker Lake drowning victim identified

Posted July 24, 2012

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— Authorities on Tuesday released the name of a man who drowned a day earlier while swimming in Tucker Lake near Benson.

Johnston County sheriff’s deputies said Clifford Bradley Lee, 24, of Fayetteville, was swimming with his fiancée in the lake off Allens Crossroads Road about 3:30 p.m. Monday when they began having trouble. It appeared both were weak swimmers, deputies said.

The woman was able to get out of the water, but Lee continued to struggle. A lifeguard and bystanders helped get him out of the water.

He was taken to Johnston Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


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  • ladyblue Jul 24, 2012

    sad for the families to bear this when it could of been avoided by a life vest in open water like that. hope they find comfort somewhere out of this tragedy.......

  • viking416 Jul 24, 2012

    Sad indeed. Everyone should know how to swim or at least how to float. Parents take note, if you teach them early they will be good for the rest of their lives in or near the water

  • OneLove Jul 24, 2012

    RIP ~ NEVER get in water above your waist if you can't swim!

  • malonem1 Jul 24, 2012

    very sad - always keep in mind, if you don't have the swimming skills needed to swim, wear a life jacket.

  • IHeartThe1Percent Jul 24, 2012

    Turrible!