1 rescued from Cape Fear River in Harnett County

Erwin Bridge (N.C. Highway 217) over the Cape Fear River near Tom Byrd Lane. Google maps image

ERWIN, N.C. (WNCN) — In the second water rescue in central North Carolina in one day, a person was pulled from the Cape Fear River near Erwin on Saturday evening, officials said.

MORE NEWS: 2 kayakers rescued from Neuse River in Wake Forest, officials say

A call initially came in around 5:50 p.m. about 14 people in the river, however, officials later learned only one person in the water needed help.


Around 6:30 p.m., the person was being rescued near the boat ramp at Cape Fear River Park near the bridge over the river, Harnett County officials said.

The incident began when 14 people were on floats or rafts floating down the river. The one person who was later rescued lost control and was caught under trees along the river, officials said.

Some of the other 13 people tried to help rescue the person but were then able to get out of the river on their own.

The one person who was rescued was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a young woman and man, who had been kayaking, were rescued by Wake County authorities in the Neuse River near the dam in Wake Forest.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly indicated 14 people were rescued and that the incident happened near Lillington.

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