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Two Men Drown at Smith Mountain Lake

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Two men drowned in Smith Mountain Lake Saturday afternoon after one tried to save the other, officials said.

It is the second drowning incident at the lake in the past week. A 6-year-old boy from Maryland drowned last Sunday in the Goodview area.

The men, both from Williamsburg, were boating together at about 1:30 p.m. when the drownings occurred. Officials said that Kelvin Staffon, 18, somehow ended up in the lake and Daniel Leannis, 47, leaped from the boat when he saw Staffon thrashing in the water.

"It appears Kelvin Staffon could not swim," said Sgt. Brian Young, of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Young said investigators are unsure whether Staffon fell or jumped in the water near Beach Island, close by the Craddock Creek Marina offSmith Mountain Lake Parkway.

"Nothing's concrete," Young said.

The water was 15 feet deep at the scene. Neither victim wore life jackets, officials said.

The two men, along with Staffon's girlfriend and grandmother, were vacationing from Williamsburg. The women contacted police on shore after Staffon and Leannis did not resurface. Rescue crews found their bodies around 1:45 p.m.

DGIF, Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and Huddleston Rescue Squad responded to the incident. Officials are awaiting the autopsy report from the medical examiner's office.

It is the second time that rescue crews have been called to the scene of a drowning in recent days. The child from Maryland who drowned last weekend also was not wearing a life jacket. Officers said the last time anyone saw the boy, he was standing at the edge of a dock.

No one witnessed him entering the water. Diving teams found his body more than three hours after he was reported missing.