Man Drowns While On Family Fishing Trip

A man out fishing with his wife and two children drowned Monday night in Wayne County.

Deputies say Michael Gardner of Rocky Mount went to Buscoe Beach, that's south of Goldsboro. They say when the 44-year-old man started walking into the water he went under and never resurfaced.

A search for the man was immediately begun that went through the night. Just after 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Gardner's body was recovered.


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  • by Sandy Location: Camp Lejeune on Jul 1, 2010 at 09:20 PM
    It is very sad that people are making bad comments at a time such as this for this family. My heart goes out to this family. Closing Busco down would not help and would take away from a lot of people. Tragic accidents happen no matter where you are at.
  • by Lynndora Johnson (Gary) Location: Baltimoe, Md. on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    My deepest sympathy go out to the family of Micheal Wayne Gardner. He will truly be missed. He has been a lifelong friend and family member, He will be in my memories forever. Love.
  • by Z Location: Jacksonville on Jul 1, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    To Hello--there have been many deaths in cars also. you want to shut down the roads too? what about planes, boats, ect. Things happen! I feel bad for the family and my prayers go out to them but you cant just shut a place down for something like this. I go there all the time and take my wife and three kids there and we love it but you take a risk when you do anything in life. If you are that worried about something happening then don't leave your house!
  • by Greg Location: Craven on Jun 30, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    I understand what you are saying anonymous. However one should not say their post should not have been posted. Just use good judgement and don't think or post such things. Being able to post comments is a privilege and we should alway's consider how a family in tragedy will take something.
  • by Anonymous2 on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    To Greg... I agree with Anonymous. I tried to post a comment to this original story yesterday and it never showed up. It's interesting how some of the most ridiculous comments end up posted, but they refuse to post one from a Marine commenting on how stupid the father was for violating every weapon safety rule generally known to gunmen. This father shouldn't have been allowed to have weapons, period. Sadly, his daughters paid the price.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    to Greg...the only thing that i've ever tried to get posted up here that didn't get posted was when the state trooper that got popped in the head by some guy he had stopped...i tried posting it 3 different times in 3 different ways...WITN was too afraid to post it....so yes they will on occasion NOT post a comment....
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Jun 30, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    I live right down the road from Busco Beach.I personally think that it should be shut down.Their has been numerous deaths there.People riding 4 wheelers with no helmet which is suppose to be a rule ,but is not being enforced.My prayers are with the Garner family.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jun 30, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    A very sad ending to what should have been a happy day for the family. Of course, I do not claim to be 'the' expert here, but I have researched information enough and seen the photos also, to know if people could 'see' what is under the waters in rivers/lakes/ponds, they would think twice before jumping in, fishing, or boating. I have a photo of a freshwater pond that is full of hundreds of small non-stinging jelly fish captured by an underwater camera! The sight alone would be a turn-off. That is just an example, but the debris/brush problem is certainly more common, as pointed out by a previous commenter. Same thing for ocean-goers. If they could see an arial photo of the surf, they would be surprised at the number of lumbering sharks, sting rays, etc...within wading distance. I guess people can't be afraid of all water activity, but it would help to know if there are special circumstances at bodies of water, and warning signs posted. 'Swim At Your Own Risk' would always be helpful.
  • by christa o. Location: rocky mount on Jun 29, 2010 at 09:14 PM
    Words can't even express how tragic this event was for his family. I will pray for his wife and children because it will really take GOD to help them deal with this very unfortunate event. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. How very sad that this even happened to anyone....We WILL PRAY for his family.My my my what a tragedy.
  • by Greg Location: Craven on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    Posted by: Editor on Jun 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM I actually really do feel for the family of this man. I can see how it came across as heartless and unfeeling. However, you must know that my comment never should have been published. It was an attempt to help WITN make themselves, and those of us that they represent, look as though we aren't totally ignorant. ====================================================== It wouldn't have been published if you hadn't posted it. Totally ignorant eh?? Sympathies to the family. So sorry for your loss.
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