Body of second drowning victim located Wednesday

Currents swept away victim and his brother while fishing Monday


The body of drowning victim, 25-year-old Edwin Ordonez-Vasquez, was located by emergency personnel in the Cape Fear River near Erwin Wednesday morning. Officials were awaiting a dive team to retrieve the body and the family has been notified.

Edwin Ordonez-Vasquez and his brother, 29-year-old Emilson Ordonez-Vasquez, both of Dunn, were swept away by the currents in the Cape Fear River Monday afternoon while on a fishing trip. Emergency personnel recovered the body of Emilson on Monday. A river search continued Tuesday into Wednesday for the second brother.

The younger Vasquez was found Wednesday about 70 feet from where his brother was found Monday, officials reported.

The Harnett County 911 center received an emergency call referencing a possible drowning at the Cape Fear River Trail Park, 1002 S. 13th St., Erwin, at 3:56 p.m. Monday.

Rescue and emergency personnel from Dunn, Erwin and Harnett County responded to the scene.

“It was discovered that a group of individuals were attempting to cross a section of the river to an island to fish,” said Maj. Aaron Meredith of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. “While crossing, two of the individuals were swept away by the current.”

“Rescue units discovered Emilson Ordonez Vasquez’s body approximately 300 yards from where they were initially swept away,” Meredith said.

Rescue crews had to suspend the search Monday evening due to weather concerns.

The search resumed Tuesday morning with multiple rescue personnel and watercraft in the river. Fort Bragg officers were called in to assist along with a K9 underwater cadaver dog.

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