Man drowns in trailer near Cape Fear River

Posted September 19, 2018 8:57 a.m. EDT
Updated September 19, 2018 10:57 a.m. EDT

— A man drowned in a trailer on Riverland Drive in the Cedar Creek community, said Lt. Sean Swain, a spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

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Swain said deputies and rescue workers could see the man’s body through the window but could not retrieve him because of the swift water surrounding the trailer, which is off Tabor Church Road near the Cape Fear River.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, first responders went to the area late Tuesday looking for a body reported to be there, Cumberland County spokeswoman Sally Shutt said.

The search team included the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, the Cedar Creek Fire Department, city and county boats and a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Team from New York, officials said.

Man drowns in trailer in Cumberland County

Swain said Wednesday that deputies went to the man’s home earlier to tell him about a mandatory evacuation. He said the man refused to leave.

At least 134 people, 10 dogs, two cats and one horse have been rescued from floodwaters in Cumberland County as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. There were 807 people in eight shelters, and two pet-friendly shelters were housing 91 pets, including a rabbit and two birds.

At least 27 deaths in North Carolina have been attributed to to Florence.