9-year-old drowns at Falls Lake, officials say

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The body of a 9-year-old was recovered by crews at Falls Lake on Wednesday evening.

Around 5:15 p.m., the Wake County Sheriff's Office, Wake County Marine Team, Wake Fire, and the Durham County Dive Team responded to Old Weaver Trail and Cheek Road for a water rescue involving a juvenile.

Crews were on the scene by 5:35 p.m.

According to his family, the boy was playing with a friend and slid off a rock.

"The area where the unfortunate incident occurred is sort of a rock ledge that goes out to a point into Falls Lake about 200 yards from the road. It appears they were playing in that area," said Northern Wake Fire Department Chief Tim Pope.

According to officials, the water is 10 to 15 feet deep in the area.

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His body was recovered just after 7:20 p.m.

ABC11 crews at the scene were told family and friends were around when the child quickly went under.

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