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.
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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