Authorities Investigating After A Woman Died While Swimming At Lake James

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – An investigation is ongoing after a woman dies while swimming at Lake James on Friday, April 21st.

Authorities responded to a call for service on Friday at Lake James near the Canal Bridge Boat Access. Deputies say they were told the victim, identified as 27-year-old Hannah Walker, suffered an asthma attack while in the water and was no longer breathing.

Witnesses say Walker jumped in the water and then reported not feeling well. Walker’s fiance reportedly gave her an inhaler while she was still in the water, which worsened Walker’s condition, according to a news release. Walker’s fiance and friend attempted to get Walker back on the boat and to land, deputies say. A passerby noticed they needed help and called 911.

Upon arrival, officials administered CPR and other lifesaving efforts were attempted for about 30 minutes before Walker was pronounced dead, according to a news release.

Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the incident.