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Nelson County man drowns at Smith Mountain Lake

Authorities say Michael Wood was not a good swimmer.

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NELSON CO., Va. – A Nelson County man drowned at Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 

Foul play is not suspected in the death of 58-year-old Michael Wood. 

VDGIF Sgt. Karl Martin says it appears Wood, who was not a strong swimmer, fell in near a dock at the Pelican Point Yacht Club. He had been on a boat with family members who were sleeping. When they awoke, he was missing. His family notified authorities just before 10 a.m. Saturday. 

Dive teams recovered Wood's body in 17-feet deep water near the boat. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.