HALIFAX CO. NC -- A 62 year-old Virginia Beach man drowned on Saturday evening off a cove in the Eastern Shores subdivision of Lake Gaston in Halifax Co, NC.

Authorities received the call around 6 p.m. and the man had been seen about an hour before.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said Thomas Christopher Boyle was swimming in a cove when he drowned. His body was recovered by divers from the Littleton Volunteer Fire Department and Roanoke Valley Rescue Squad around 10:30pm.

He was out about 20 to 30 yards from a pier when he was found.

In a news release, Tripp said that at this point there is no explanation on circumstances that may have caused him to drown other than an accident.

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