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Fayetteville Man Drowns in Gaston County Lake

Posted June 18, 2007 9:45 p.m. EDT

— 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.