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Hope dims for finding missing Falls Lake kayaker alive

Posted January 31, 2011

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— Search and rescue crews continued to scour Falls Lake on Monday for any sign of a kayaker who disappeared Sunday evening.

George Gregory Feeter, 39, is an experienced kayaker who enjoyed fishing on Falls Lake.

Several people called 911 at about 7 p.m. Sunday after they heard someone yelling for help on the lake. Searchers quickly found Feeter's kayak and some of his belongings about a half-mile from the boat launch in the Barton's Creek area of Fall Lake off Six Forks Road.

While dive teams probed the lake on Monday, other searchers walked the shoreline and used boats equipped with sonar. The Johnston County Sheriff's Office was sending a search dog Monday evening to help with the effort, and investigators also were getting another piece of sonar equipment from Craven County.

"We're hoping for the best, but it doesn't look real good," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Harrison noted that, despite Sunday's unseasonably warm temperatures, the water in the lake remains frigid, which doesn't bode well for Feeter.

Missing Falls Lake kayaker Hope dims for finding missing Falls Lake kayaker alive

"If anybody was to fall in, the water temperature is about 38 degrees," he said. "You're looking at 15 minutes or less (before experiencing hypothermia) if you can't get back in your boat, and that's the concern that we have."

The search is hampered by obstructions like stumps and poor visibility in the water, but Harrison said weary searchers aren't giving up.

"We're gong to do everything we can to bring some closure to this," he said, adding that foul play isn't suspected in the case.

Feeter's family declined to comment Monday, saying they were focused on the search.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said searchers were at the lake until 10 p.m. Monday, and will resume searching at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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  • OhYeah Feb 2, 2011

    What's the latest? Are they still searchng for him?

  • mom of four Feb 2, 2011

    Hoping for a good outcome. Any updates on this story? Live close to the area...

  • Fireflies Rock Feb 1, 2011

    How can anyone post jokes about such an awful thing? This poor man has a young family; it's a terribly sad tragedy. Prayers for strength to his family at this sad time.

  • NC_Kayaker Feb 1, 2011

    I'm an active kayaker, & kayak alone alot on the lake. BUT NEVER AFTER DUSK. I pray for this mam & his family

  • michaelclay Feb 1, 2011

    Tax Man, people kayak alone all the time. I do so do my friends. It may not be the safest thing to do but most kayakers do go out alone at some point.

  • cariannestanley Feb 1, 2011

    Poor fella - it's really NEVER a good idea, though, to go out in the water alone. I know it's fun and all, but it's not very safe, especially when the water is so cold. I hope they find him safe, but if not, then hope they find him for his family.

  • MonkeyFace Feb 1, 2011

    hopeing for the best!

  • delilahk2000 Jan 31, 2011

    I REALLY HOPE THEY FIND HIM.

  • Tax Man Jan 31, 2011

    Who are the friends he was kayaking with? You would never go out there alone, so where are his buddies? Hope he is found ok. Praying for his safe return.

  • rescuefan Jan 31, 2011

    How sad. I will keep hoping he will be found and will be safe. Unfortunately it's not likely.

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