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Missing Marines found safe after rafting trip

Posted September 6, 2010

— Two Marines who disappeared after a rafting trip in Duplin County on Sunday were found safe early Monday.

Investigators say a group of seven Marines began their trip in Chinquapin on the Cape Fear River. Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, five of the Marines got out of the river near the Deep Bottom Bridge Road. The other two got separated from the group and continued down the river.

Missing Marines found safe after rafting trip Missing Marines found safe after rafting trip

About 50 people with 10 different agencies searched through the night and found the two missing Marines sitting on a sand bar waiting to be rescued, according to the Duplin County sheriff's office.

"The subjects were fine other than just being cold, a little hypothermia, which they're doing fine now," said North East Fire Chief Walter Scott. "(It) makes everybody feel good to have a happy ending, and to find them is just a good feeling."

No other information was released.


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  • tarheel4life Sep 7, 2010

    i, too am a fan of happy endings.

  • flapy Sep 6, 2010

    i love happy endings

  • oldrebel Sep 6, 2010

    This is the "North East Cape Fear"...not the "Cape Fear"...two entirely different rivers.

  • BlueSkys Sep 6, 2010

    happy ending is always good