Mom and son rescued from Cape Fear River in Harnett County

(Nate Rodgers/CBS North Carolina)


LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A mother and her son were pulled from the Cape Fear River Tuesday morning at Raven Rock State Park, officials said.

The 9-year-old boy fell into the river while the two were walking along Fish Traps Trail.

The boy was standing on a rock near the river banks and somehow slipped into the river.

The mom jumped in after her son, but the current was too strong.

The pair held onto rocks until they were rescued around 10 a.m. by members of the Northwest Harnett County Fire Department.

Rescue crews took the pair to Captain’s Landing, a boat ramp on the river.

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Over the weekend, three kayakers were also rescued from the Cape Fear River near Erwin.

“One guy never kayaked before and they decided to go anyway and she warned them in a worst-case scenario to call 911 and that’s exactly what happened,” said Ilia Smirnov, who owns Cape Fear River Adventures.

Smirnov has suspended many canoeing and kayaking attractions until water levels recede.

“Current is extremely strong at this point, flowing by four miles an hour and if you pull out from the ramp, that current can swift you instantaneously,” Smirnov said.

People are urged to stay away from the river until water levels return to normal.

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