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Wallace teen drowns in Sampson river

Posted August 8, 2011 11:46 a.m. EDT

— 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.