3 kayakers rescued from Cape Fear River in Harnett County

Rescue crews on Sunday at the Cape Fear River near Erwin. Photo from Erwin Fire and Rescue.

ERWIN, N.C. (WNCN) — Three kayakers from a group of six were rescued in the Cape Fear River near Erwin on Sunday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m. the group called 911 after they launched in the river earlier in Lillington near Howard’s Barbecue, officials from the Erwin Fire Department said.


One of the kayakers was rescued under Erwin Bridge (N.C. Highway 217) near Tom Byrd Lane after he was found caught in a tree, officials said.

Two other kayakers were found on top of their kayaks in the river about 300 yards from a pumping station, according to officials.

The other three kayakers were able to get out of the river on their own at Cape Fear River Trail Park.

Officials said recent flooding caused problems for the kayakers.

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