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Crews find body of missing fisherman near Whiteville

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews have found the body of a man who fell out of a boat while fishing on Beaver Pond near Whiteville this morning.

Columbus County Emergency Services Director Kay Worley says the man, who was about 70 years old, and his wife were fishing near US 74/76 when the man stood up to look at some bird eggs and the bridge, and the boat turned over. Worley says the woman got to shore safely, but the man disappeared.

Worley says crews used Lake Waccamaw’s sonar boat to find the man with the help of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. The body was taken to Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville, where the man was pronounced dead.

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