Deputies: Wayne County woman drowns in pool

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LA GRANGE — Authorities say a woman drowned in her backyard swimming pool Friday night.

Wayne County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on the 1900 block of East New Hope Road at 9:53 p.m. and found 65-year-old Wanda Best lying on the pool deck. Deputies and Wayne County EMS paramedics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Maj. Richard Lewis said Best’s husband left the home to buy food. When he returned, he called for his wife and found her lying face-down in the pool when he was unable to locate her inside the home, Lewis said.

Best’s husband immediately called 911. Deputies investigated the drowning and determined there were no signs of foul play, Lewis said.

About 10 people die in the United States from unintentional drowning each day, and drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Natural bodies of water account for the majority of drowning deaths, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission reporting about 390 people drowning in swimming pools and spas each year.

Officials urge people to take swimming lessons and to always swim with a buddy in order to reduce the risk of drowning.

The home on East New Hope Road is located in the New Hope community, a rural portion of Wayne County between Goldsboro and La Grange.