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14 people rescued from Cape Fear River

Posted May 27

— Responders from the Harnett County Sheriff's Office and Erwin Fire Department responded to a water rescue along the Cape Fear River in Erwin Saturday evening around 5:50 p.m.

A total of 14 rafters were rescued with no injuries by 6:47 p.m. Some of the people swam to shore and to trees and rocks, while others were rescued by responders.

14 people rescued from Cape Fear River

The incident took place near the bridge along North Carolina Highway 217.

The people fell overboard because of high water levels and a strong current.


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  • Cindy Rose May 28, 8:19 p.m.
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    I agree, Jeff. If you get on the river when it's high & fast & get yourself in a bad situation you should have to reimburse the responding entities. Glad there were no serious injuries & as always, SO thankful for our career & volunteer rescuers.

  • Henry Davis May 28, 7:54 p.m.
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    JEff Freuler: Sometimes things happen beyond your control. Try no this to be so negative. Glad to hear no one was hurt.

  • Jeff Freuler May 28, 10:49 a.m.
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    Uh because of their stupidity with a lack of planning and foresight they should be billed for the rescue. If you're going to be so stupid to do something like this then to have to be rescued then dang it pay for it