9-year-old drowns while playing in water at Falls Lake, officials say

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CREEDMOOR, N.C. (WNCN) – A 9-year-old drowned at Falls Lake Wednesday evening, according to Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Eric Curry.

Curry tells CBS 17 the child was swimming in an area near Old Weaver Trail and Cheek Road around 5:15 p.m. The victim was playing in the water with family friends before going under, Curry said.

The child’s body was recovered shortly after 7:20 p.m., Curry said.

“Witnesses reported that a juvenile had some difficulties after jumping in the water,” said Curry. “He was treading in the water, playing in the water with some family friends and then quickly went under.”

The Wake County Marine Team, Northern Wake Fire Department, Wake County EMS and the Durham County Dive Team were called in to help. After about two hours of searching, they found the 9-year-old’s body in 10-15 feet of water around 7:20 p.m., according to the WSCO.

“The area that the unfortunate event occurred is sort of a rock ledge that sort of goes out into a point into Falls Lake, about 200 yards from the road,” said Northern Wake Fire Department Chief Tim Pope, who assisted on the search.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office and Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification are working to piece together exactly what happened. This is at least the second drowning accident to happen at Falls Lake within the past month.

In April, a 17-year-old drowned after jumping off a rock near the Falls of Neuse entrance to the lake.

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