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Rescuers Still Searching for Missing Man at Jordan Lake

Posted May 17, 2007 6:08 p.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2007 9:50 p.m. EDT

— Crews continued their search Friday to no avail for a missing man who was last seen swimming off a boat near Jordan Lake's Seaforth Beach and boat-launch area.

North Chatham Fire Chief Mark Riggsbee said five men had been in a boat Thursday at about 5:15 p.m. when they decided to jump into the water more than 100 feet from shore.

A short time later, they noticed that the man who had been driving the boat, Jamie Burney, 36, of Ramseur, N.C., was missing.

Officials don't think Burney, who was partially paralyzed, was wearing a life jacket. They think alcohol might have been a factor in the incident.

Murky water prevented divers from from seeing anything Thursday. Boats from several fire departments were brought in to drag the lake.

About 50 people searched Friday using boats, drag ropes, underwater cameras and sonar before calling it off at about 6 p.m. because of wind and choppy waters.

Crews were set to resume their search Saturday morning.

The Seaforth area of the park is south of U.S. Highway 64 in the Chatham County portion of the park, whose headquarters carry an Apex address.