NEW INFO: Deputies Rule Holiday Death Accidental

The Goldsboro Police Department has ruled the the drowning of a Virginia man was an accident. The fatal accident happened Sunday night at Busco Beach, a camping and ATV park in Goldsboro.

There are no lifeguards.

The owner says this is the third drowning at the park.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says Samuel Turner, 31, of Courtland, Va. drowned around 6:20 p.m. Sunday. The owner of Busco Beach, Jack Bennett, says the man was camping with his girlfriend, and says they, along with another man, decided to swim out to an island on one of the park's ponds . He says according to the victim's girlfriend, he was having trouble on the swim out to the island, but made it safely there. Bennett explains what happened on the swim back:

"They were keeping an eye on him, according to them, and he seemed to be alright. They heard him cough, they looked back, he seemed to be fine. And when they got to the shore, he was not visible, he was submerged. And he did in fact perish," said Bennett

Bennett says a drowning happened about ten years ago, and the second happened last year. Bennett says he will not hire lifeguards because there is no way they can watch two miles of shoreline.



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Wayne County lawmen are investigating a drowning that happened Sunday.

According to officials, one person drowned at Busco Beach in Goldsboro. Lawmen say the incident took place on Sunday just after 5:30 p.m.

Authorities have not released the victim's name or any other details, but Busco Beach owner Jack Bennett says the victim was a 31-year-old man from Virginia.

Busco Beach is a privately owned ATV riding park and camp ground, with large ponds for swimming.

Bennett says the victim was camping with his girlfriend and another man when they all decided to swim out to an island in one of the ponds. On the way back, they say, the victim was coughing and seemed to be having trouble with the swim, but he told them he was okay, so they kept swimming. When the girlfriend and other man got to land, about 30 yards away, they turned back and say the victim was no longer above water.

In all, Busco Beach has about two miles of shoreline. Bennett says there are no life guards, so swimmers need to be careful and responsible for themselves.

Bennett says about half of his business comes from Virginia.


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  • by Bill Location: North Carolina on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    No matter where you are or go there are people who dont follow the rules and if you're at busco and someone is not following the rules just let any of the staff know and it will be taken care of or just say something your self. Busco is a great place to go have fun and not worry it is very family friendly and no him drowning does not make him stupid it is just a situation that should of been handled differently.
  • by No Nonsense Location: Virginia on Aug 13, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    Some of you people make no sense! My husband and I were thinking of bringing our children and friends out to Busco, but doubting this now. You say not to blame Jack the owner, but if he is the owner is it not his responsibility to control the ones out breaking HIS rules. The drowning everyone is talking about is so tragic. His family is in my prayers and No, him drowning doesn't make him stupid, anything could have happened to cause it. But when people are being allowed to drink and operate ATV's, that is stupid. OK, you kill yourself drinking and driving, oh well, your stupidity! But what about the ones out there following the rules and some idiot decides they want to take the risk and hit some innocent adult, or even worse a child, and the innocent is killed or paralyzed. Yeah, it sounds like this Jack had a great idea, but obviously, as long as he is getting the money, he doesn't care what rules are followed. He knows he is covered because of this waiver he has. Just think one day following rules might save you or your loved one. Then again, you may be one of those that as long as you have a place to hang out, ride and party, you probably don't care! I keep reading how this Jack is such a great guy, if he was a real adult, he would take some responsibility and enforce the rules. And yeah, accidents can happen anywhere, but as you say, common sense needs to come into play sometimes, and drinking and driving these ATV's, not wearing helments, and not following rules is YEP, an accident waiting to happen.
  • by Sharon Location: Randleman, NC on Jun 20, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Busco Beach is a great place to ride and camp. The owners are great people who try to provide a safe place for people to ride and enjoy. Accidents happen even when lifeguards are present.
  • by Jule Location: Va on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Busco Beach is a place with family can afford to go and take the children and have a weekend of fun without having to break the bank. I can see they others might complain about it. when it cost about $20 to go to a movie with popcorn.
  • by Jan Location: Eastern NC on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    If people like to go to the beach at BUSCO and camp,they pay a fee to get in. Evidently they like the envirnoment there and keep going. The owner is a very responsible person, I knew him when he was a cop in Raleigh, He was great then, and has worked dilgently all his life, some people are very envious of others when have a good idea and provide a place for people (lots of people of all ages) to have FUN.Accidents occur from time to time but that's the way life goes.
  • by ladybug Location: jacksonville on Jun 1, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    seriously as a lifeguard for over 18 years..... and a FAITHFUL Busco rider, that water is so murky there is nothing if little a lifeguard could do. Even if you see someone struggling by the time you get to them you aren't going to be able to find them. My kids swim there all the time. It is ride at your own risk, and swim at your own risk. This is a tragedy yes, but you sign a waiver... you know the rules and the risks. Come on people take responsibility for yourself. Know your surroundings and watch out for each other. You can't keep everyone safe all the time. My son flipped his four wheeler three times and I was right next to him and watched it. He is one of the lucky one's. I am proud of the response that Busco had to his accident it was very professional. Don't knock the owner because of accidents. They happen. Drowning happen at swimming pools where you can see the victim.
  • by Tony Location: Eastern NC on May 31, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    It is what it is>> So sorry for the families, but a lady said she heard someone calling for help and her husband jumped in 30 ft away but without success. So if you have safety patrols/lifeguards how close together will they need to be in order to be effective while patrolling a 2 mile shoreline?? I think 7000 people in attendence speaks for itself. Jack is a great guy, with good idea, and people LOVE IT, so if you dont wanna be there go to Atlantic Beach.
  • by Lisa Location: Hyde on May 31, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    Are going to close school because one was hit by a tornado? Are we going to quit work because someone got killed on the way to work?? Some people are so ridiculus,beach bunny.You better start praying cause some people are killed on their way to church.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    I completely agree. I am from VA and wsa there this weekend. I have been to other places where people were hurt and the response time was much greater. There are always beach patrol out even at night. It was tragic and my condolences.
  • by Joe Carawan Location: Hyde on May 31, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    Busco Beach is a wonderful place to go and enjoy yourself. I am sorry for the family who lost a love one. You can't blame busco for the guy drowing. That is one of the things wrong with the country today is the people do not take responsibility for ther own actions. Every time something happens to us we want to blame someone else. I swim at busco all the time but i stay within my limits. I don't get far from shore because I want to swim another day.
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