On Saturday afternoon at about 4pm, a man’s body was pulled from the water near the Ivy Lake dam. The man was believed to have been swimming in Ivy Lake in Forest. His death marks the fifth drowning since July in Lynchburg, Virginia. According to Johnnie Moore, spokesman for Liberty University (LU), the victim was with his group of friends at around 2pm that day.



“Eyewitnesses saw a man swimming across the lake when he began to struggle,” stated Johnnie. Upon notification of the incident, units from the Bedford Fire Department, Forest Volunteer Fire Department, the Liberty University Police Department and Campbell County Rescue Squad were all being deployed. They responded instantly to the scene. Johnnie identified the victim to be Miguel Carbajal, who is someone that is not affiliated with LU.

Liberty University has been the owners of the lake since 2008, when it was being donated by developers. According to Johnnie, this drowning incident is the first since the LU took over as owners of the place. Just exactly a week before this drowning, 74-year-old John Shoop of Richmond, was reported to be missing in SmithMountainLake on the second of August. As of now, the authorities are still making their best efforts to search for him. However, they have also regarded his disappearance as drowning.

There were also three other incidents that occurred in the month of July. On 15th July, Holly McQuarry, a 27-year-old, drowned at the CampKum-Ba-Yah pool in Lynchburg. According to the authorities, she was with her two other adults when they called emergency dispatchers shortly before 5am. The investigators do not believe that her drowning was due to foul play though. Exactly a week before that on 8th July, a 69-year-old Delaware woman drowned near Percival’s Island while she was tubing along the James River along with her family. Earlier in that month on the 4th of July, 17-year-old Zachary Barbour of Nelson County, drowned in a private swimming pool off of Lowesville Road in Amherst at around 10pm. Authorities mentioned that Zachary’s inability to swim was the factor that led to his death. For the full story, you can read it from here.

These drownings goes to show that drowning can occur to anyone at any place and time. It does not matter whether you are a good swimmer or not. Happy Fish Swim School would like to remind everyone to practice one’s due diligence at all times. For more information about swimming, you can refer to our website.