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Wallace teen drowns in Sampson river

Posted August 8, 2011

— A 15-year-old from Wallace drowned Saturday while fishing on the Black River near Harrells, authorities said Monday.

Perry Dwayne Bennett was fishing with another teen shortly after 10 a.m. when he fell overboard, authorities said. The other teen, whose name wasn't released, tried to rescue him but wasn't successful.

Authorities said they believe that Bennett might have suffered a seizure, which caused him to fall overboard.

His body was recovered almost seven hours later about 40 yards from where he had been fishing, authorities said. The river was about 15 feet deep in the area where he drowned.

Responders from the Harrell’s Fire Department, Sampson County EMS, the Sampson County Dive Team which is part of Roseboro Rescue, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, and the state Wildlife Resources Commission assisted in the recovery effort.


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  • btneast Aug 8, 2011

    Wish they would make wearing a life jacket a law.It would save lifes.

    You really think that would be followed.....like speeding, wearing seat belts, etc?

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Aug 8, 2011

    I am sorry for the family's tragic loss but we already have a law requireing life preservers for each person on the boat. We don't need another law that people choose not to obey. Do we really need the Government to tell us we need to be safe when we're on the water? We need Government to balance the budget...not do all of our thinking for us.

  • Big D 87 Aug 8, 2011

    Wish they would make wearing a life jacket a law.It would save lifes.