Cadaver dog located man's body 16 feet under Harris Lake hours after boat crash

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Friday, April 19, 2024
1 dead, 1 rescued at Harris Lake in Wake County
Around 60 first responders searched Harris Lake in Wake County after two men in a boat crashed and gunshots were heard by bystanders.

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- One person is dead and another was rescued at Harris Lake in Wake County.

According to the sheriff's office a boat collided with a concrete pylon at around 2 a.m. The two people on the boat were supposedly night fishing when the crash happened.

Christina Petrone told ABC11 she was the person who called 911. She said she heard gunshots and someone yelling for help.

Around 60 first responders rushed to Harris Lake. At around 7 a.m., they found a man near the boat and injured. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

The search continued for the other man who was thrown from the boat in the crash.

First responders used air drones, underwater drones, mapping systems and Fiji -- one of only five police dogs in North Carolina trained to detect human remains under water.

At around 12:30 p.m., Fiji located the other man's body 16 feet under the lake.

"So put her nose down close to the water. And what she's looking for are bubbles coming up from unfortunately the drowning victim. And when those come up, the dog can smell that," Deputy Jack Thorpe with the Nash County Sheriff's Office said.

The identities of the two men have not been released.

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is investigating what led up to the crash.

Harris Lake is located in the western part of Wake County on the Shearon Harris Reservoir.