5 Drownings in Lynchburg Area since July

August 11, 2013

FOREST, Va. (AP) - Five people have drowned in the Lynchburg area since July.

The latest drowning occurred Saturday in Ivy Lake in Forest. Liberty University identified the victim as 39-year-old Miguel Carbajal.

Liberty spokesman Johnnie Moore tells The News & Advance that witnesses reported that Carbajal was swimming across the lake when he began to struggle. Moore says Carbajal wasn't affiliated with the university.

Liberty owns the lake.

Three other drownings occurred July 15 in a pool in Lynchburg, July 8 in the James River and July 4 in a pool in Amherst.

Authorities are continuing to search for 74-year-old John Shoop of Richmond, who is believed to have drowned in Smith Mountain Lake. Shoop was reported missing Aug. 2.

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