Man who died when boat capsized on Jordan Lake has been identified
Investigators have identified a man who died Friday when a fishing boat capsized on Jordan Lake in choppy waters.
N.C. Wildlife Resources Sgt. Claude Smith said the man who died was Jesus Martinez Sandoval, 63, of Greensboro. Smith said Sandoval and three others were fishing Friday afternoon when the weather began to worsen and they decided to pack up and head back to the Fearrington Point Boat Ramp.
Their boat capsized before it reached the ramp. Smith said investigators are still working to determine why the boat overturned. He also said investigators can’t say yet whether any or all of the fishermen were wearing life vests at the time of the accident.
Some access points on Jordan Lake have life vest loaner stations. Smith said Fearrington Point does not, but he said those typically are only stocked during the high-use summer months.
The three other people on the boat with Sandoval were taken to a UNC hospital with injuries. They have not been identified and their conditions have not been made public.
Weather reports indicate sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph around the lake on Friday, with occasional gusts up to 30 mph. Water temperature in the lake now is about 57 degrees.
The accident Friday comes a week after the death of a teenager whose personal watercraft had mechanical problems, also near Fearrington Point. On March 9, authorities recovered 15-year-old Roberto Enrique Deleto, who went missing after jet skiing in Jordan Lake. He was missing over 24 hours before his body was recovered.