Missing Kayaker Found Safe

A large search took place Saturday night and early Sunday for a missing kayaker on the Neuse River.

Around 9pm, search and rescue crews responded to a 911 call reporting a canoe or kayak had overturned in the Neuse River.

A man, woman, child and 2 dogs were able to get back in the canoe and rescuers were able to pull them to the banks near the Riverwood neighborhood.  The child, a young girl, was wearing a life vest at the time of the rescue.  It’s believed the canoe had flipped because it hit a log underwater.

Rescuers said there was also a kayak traveling with the canoe group carrying a second man and woman.  The woman – mother to the young girl in the canoe – jumped out of the kayak to help her child and she was able to swim to the river bank and get out of the water.

The second adult, a 26 year-old man, who was in the kayak was reported missing.  It turns out the man made to it shore and went to work Sunday morning not realizing a search was underway for him.  After he was found safe, the search was cancelled.

The group had first put in their canoe and kayak at Milburnie Road in Wake County and had planned to get out of the river in Johnston County at Castleberry Road and NC 42 East, where their vehicle was parked.

The Archer Lodge and Clayton Fire Departments, Clayton Police, Johnston and Wake County Sheriff’s Office participated in the search.