Bradley S. Long

Captain Bradley Long and one other diver were searching for a missing 29-year-old man in Lake Norman when they encountered an emergency. A third diver entered the water after a Mayday was called. While the two other divers eventually surfaced, Captain Long never resurfaced and was later recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue crews had been searching Lake Norman for the missing man a day prior to the emergency involving Captain Long. Officials said the missing man jumped off a boat with two other people. The boat was not anchored and started to float away. The three tried to swim and catch up with the boat, but the missing man was not able to make it back to the boat. While the search for the man was suspended once Captain Long went missing, officials confirmed the body of the missing man was eventually recovered as well. The two other divers were responsive when taken to the hospital for treatment, one of which has been released.

Department Information

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue
4011 Slanting Bridge Road
Sherrills Ford, North Carolina 28673

Chief: Rick E. Davis

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 28 
Rank: Captain 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jun 6, 2016 16:00
Date of death: Jun 6, 2016 
Cause of death: Unknown 
Nature of death: Drowning 
Activity type: Search and Rescue 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property