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Is it safe to swim in Lake Wylie & Norman?

Sep 6, 2010 12:07:00 AM - thestate.com
There's really no reason to be afraid to swim in Lake Norman or Lake Wylie. Or is there?

On the one hand, the wildlife swimming in our lakes isn't nearly as wild as the man-eating piranhas terrorizing spring breakers on fictional Lake Victoria in "Piranha 3D," the campy gore-fest that made $10 million at the box office last weekend.

On the other, toothy fish do lurk beneath the surface of our lakes. And some locals are afraid to get their feet wet.

"I'll go to about my ankles, but that's it," says Stephanie Sawyer, 35, of Matthews, who has been petrified of lake swimming since her childhood. "(It) definitely has to do with the creatures' in the water. Absolutely."

Lake Norman resident Whitney Dainko's fear cropped up more recently.

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