Search ends for boaters in Cape Fear River; pair found in Bladen County
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Two men who were reported sinking in a boat in the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville were never involved in an emergency and have been found, officials said Saturday night.
The incident was first reported early Saturday evening as a row boat sinking with two men aboard possibly in the Cape Fear River, said Dennis Southern, a battalion chief with the Fayetteville Fire Dept.
However, the report was hearsay and contained no other information, Southern said.
After Fayetteville rescuers deployed two boats and Cumberland County sent another during a multi-hour search, the search was called off for the Cape Fear River.
Southern explained that the cell phone belonging to one of the men pinged a last location at White Lake, which is in Bladen County and does not connect to the Cape Fear River.
The search in Cumberland County was conducted from the Old Wilmington Road boat launch area.
Bladen County officials