In a stroke of serious luck, Darren Cagle, 45, of Waynesville, was miraculously saved from drowning last Saturday at Nantahala Lake.Cagle was canoeing with friend Ronnie McClure when he came up missing.
Christine Boyter, a Gastonia nurse, was nearby the ramp that McClure and Cagle were coming into and she noticed Cagle's hat in the water.
McClure immediately went into the water to find Cagle. McClure was finally able to locate him and bring him to the surface.
Brock Auvil, a North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officer, said that Cagle had been in the water for approximately 3 minutes.
Boyter and her husband helped McClure get Cagle to shore.
A shout to “Call 911” was then heard by Rachel Runyan, a nurse in Gainsville, Ga. Runyan is originally from Franklin. She was canoeing the lake with her father when they heard the cry to call 911 and saw the commotion on the shore.
Runyan then helped Boyter to revive Cagle with CPR. However, it was a close call.
Auvil commented that Cagle had all the signs of being near death.
Auvil also said that Cagle is doing fine from the incident after being transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital.