July 14, 2008

Swimmers Return to Lake

By Bob Stuart, The News Virginian, Waynesboro, Va.

Jul. 14--SHERANDO LAKE -- Visitors flocked to Augusta County's Sherando Lake on a steamy summer day Sunday, one day after a 19-year-old man drowned in the lake's waters.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office on Sunday identified the victim as Jacob Andrew Davis, 19, of Spring, Texas.

He was part of a group visiting the area for a church conference.

Sherando Lake was closed for several hours Saturday while a search was conducted for Davis' body, which was recovered just before 8 p.m.

Numerous families visited the lake Sunday, carrying floats, beach towels and chairs.

Sherando visitors said the drowning was on their minds, but was not enough to prevent them from enjoying a swim.

"I'm sorry it happened," said David Burton, of Ashland, who said he and his family brought floats with them on Sunday after learning of the drowning.

Burton, whose family was also camping at the lake over the weekend, said he made a point of reading the posted lake rules before swimming Sunday.

Billy Patrick, of Waynesboro, brings his family to Sherando every other weekend and has paid for a summer pass.

"It doesn't bother me," he said. "I'm sure more than one person had drowned in this lake."

Patrick discussed the drowning with his family and they decided to visit on Sunday.

Patrick's wife, Jennifer, said she was upset after learning of the drowning. But she said she usually stays in the shallow end of the lake.

The drowning is the second in the area this summer.

Last month, a Waynesboro woman, Marilynn B. Lee, 58, of 1625 Summit Drive, drowned in her backyard swimming pool.


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