Teen dies at NC waterfall; rescuers discover body on boulder, officials say

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Police say a Salisbury teen drowned in Davie County Saturday evening at the Riverpark at Cooleemee Falls.

The Cooleemee Police Department responded to a missing person’s call near Cooleemee Falls around 6 p.m.

Cooleemee police say the 17-year-old boy was swimming under the falls at the park, the last place his family saw him. He was found by rescue squad about 35 minutes later on a boulder about 200 yards away. 

The boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene, likely became submerged under water by the falls and couldn’t resurface in time, according to police.

The teen’s identity hasn’t been released yet.

Agencies from Davie County and Rowan County assisted with the search.

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