A look at the area of the lake where the child was rescued. 

A carpenter remodeling a house on Lake Hickory in Alexander County rescued a child from the water last week.

Alexander Sheriff Chris Bowman said Scott Lingerfelt was one of three men remodeling a house Friday when they thought they heard a cat screaming from across the cove.

They then realized the calls were from a child and the screams were coming from the water, Bowman said.

They ran to a neighbor’s dock and could hear the child screaming “Help me!”

Lingerfelt jumped fully clothed into the water, and began swimming toward the child Bowman said.

He swam about 40 yards to reach the 6-year-old boy.

He reached the child and swam back to the dock, where the child’s brother, along with a second carpenter, Jason Southerland, were waiting.

The child’s brother helped pull him onto the dock, Bowman said. The owner of a lake house across the cove, James Wycoff, called 911.

The Sheriff’s Office, Wittenburg Fire Department, Wittenburg and Bethlehem first responders and Alexander County Emergency Services all responded to the call, which came in around 11:15 a.m., Bowman said.

The child was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center to be evaluated.

Bowman said the water temperature at the time was believed to be between 45 and 50 degrees.

Bowman thanked the residents for their help in saving a life.

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