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Two kayakers rescued from Cape Fear River

Posted December 31, 2018 9:09 p.m. EST
Updated December 31, 2018 10:47 p.m. EST

— Two kayakers were pulled from the swollen Cape Fear River in Harnett County on Monday night after they became stranded, authorities said.

The two men, in their early to mid-20s, put in the river at about 4 p.m. and called for help a little more than two hours later. The Cape Fear River was about four times higher than normal, and the men grabbed onto trees near the Upper Little River and held on until they could be rescued, authorities said.

Both men were pulled from the river by 7:20 p.m. They were about 15 feet from the river bank, so authorities were able to toss them a line and pull them in.

No injuries were reported, and the men went home with their families.

The Harnett County Sheriff's Office, fire departments from Buies Creek, Erwin and Lillington and Summerville Fire & Rescue assisted in the operation.