Dad, son rescued after boat flips in Cape Fear River in Harnett County

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ERWIN, N.C. (WNCN) — It took crews more than 90 minutes to rescue a father and son who had boating problems along the Cape Fear River Sunday night.

The incident was reported around 9 p.m. after the pair’s boat overturned in the river near Erwin, according to the Erwin Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

The father and son initiated the call to authorities.

Harnett County Water Rescue crews were assisting Erwin Fire crews at the scene, which were in the river just above the N.C. 217 bridge.

A check with authorities just before 10:20 p.m. indicated rescue efforts were still underway. Officials said that darkness was preventing crews from finding the pair.

Drones were being used during the search and rescue boats were having trouble because of very shallow water.

However, about 30 minutes later, crews managed to find the pair and bring them to shore safely.

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