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Fisherman drowns at Badin Lake

A fisherman drowned in Badin Lake Thursday afternoon.

Michael Hegwood, 71, of Concord fell off the side of the boat he was in and drowned around 1:30 p.m., according to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Joshua St. Onge.

“It just seems like a total mishap,” St. Onge said.

Hegwood, who was fishing with a friend, was wearing a life jacket. The friends were fishing near the old Alcoa access point, St. Onge said.