Crews idenitify body found on Lake Norman after boat crash

Two boats crashed late Monday

Crews recover body while searching for missing boater on Lake Norman

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Crews recovered a body Tuesday night of the missing boater on Lake Norman after two boats collided Monday night.

Officials confirmed the body was that of James Foster.

Crews said a boat T-boned the boat Foster was on, sending him into the water.

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Authorities told Channel 9 that around 11 p.m. Monday, two boats crashed into each other near Blythe Landing in Huntersville.

There were two people on each boat, and first responders were able to find three of the four. They were taken to shore and transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Two of the boaters suffered serious injuries, while the third has been released from the hospital, according to officials.

Emergency crews called for a dive team to search for the missing boater late Tuesday afternoon.

"I've seen the fire department boat and another boat with divers," Rory Carpenter said.

Divers, boats, a police helicopter and sonar equipment were used in an effort to find the body.

Rescue crews called off the search around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, but resumed it eight hours later.

(Click PLAY to watch Chopper 9 video of rescue boats searching the water.)

Huntersville, Cornelius and Denver fire departments were called to the scene and divers from the Charlotte Fire Department were also called to help.

"It was so sad to know they recovered some and they're still looking. That breaks my heart because those are families that are hurting right now," Courtney Hunter said.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash and determining whether alcohol may have played a role.

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