1 man dead, brother still missing after getting swept away in Cape Fear River

24 May 2022

HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — Two brothers were swept away by the currents of the Cape Fear River during severe storms Monday, leaving one man dead and the other missing.

A family friend told Univision six people were fishing Monday around 3:30 p.m. in the town of Erwin in Harnett County.

Two of the people, Emilson Ordónez, 29, and his brother Edwin, 24, were swept away in the river.

Emilson was a father of four children. His body was found Monday night. The search for Edwin resumed at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Noticias 40 reports the brothers were trying to cross to the other side of the river, but the water was deep and one of them started to drown. The other brother tried to rescue him and the two were swept away.

The father of both men was also among the fishing group and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The Ordónez family is originally from Honduras.

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Erwin Fire Department, among other agencies, are working on search and rescue efforts.

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