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Divers find body of NC teen in Lake Summit

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TUXEDO, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said a dive team from Charlotte found the body of a Henderson County teen in Lake Summit on Wednesday.

Traverious Leqwell Carter, 19, was jumping off the train trestle and swimming in Lake Summit with three friends when he started having a hard time swimming, according to deputies.

Deputies said Carter was unable to swim ashore, and his friends were unable to assist him in the deep water. A 911 call was placed at about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

The search for Carter was called off Monday because of darkness and severe weather concerns. Emergency workers resumed the search Tuesday about 9 a.m., which lasted until nearly 8 p.m.

Maj. Frank Stout with the Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office said two dive teams were initially out looking for Carter but had a difficult time because of the lake's cold temperatures and murky water.

He said additional dive teams were brought in from Greenville, Spartanburg and Oconee counties along with crews from Asheville Fire and Rescue to help conduct a grid search of the area underneath the trestle.

Stout said the lake is about 80' deep at the search site with temperatures between 39 and 41 degrees. He said the visibility for divers was about 3', and they can only stay in the water for 15 minutes before having to rest for two hours.

On top of the lake's conditions, Stout said the rainy weather has not helped divers, either.

Carter's father and some family members were at the lake watching the search from a distance.

"[They're] very distraught. This was a young man with a lot of potential in life and was a very gifted athlete," Stout said. "Our hearts and prayers absolutely go out to the family at his time."

Carter's friends who were swimming with him and called 911 said he could swim but said he was not the strongest swimmer, Stout said.

Dive teams continued their efforts on Wednesday. Stout said divers from Charlotte Fire using advanced sonar technology found Carter's body in approximately 80' of water just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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