Duplin Co. Teen Drowns In Fishing Accident

A Duplin County teenager drowned over the weekend in a fishing accident in neighboring Sampson County.

Perry Bennett died as he and another teen were fishing in a boat on the Black River near Harrells. Deputies say shortly after 10:00 a.m. Bennette fell overboard and his friend tried to save him. The 15-year-old may have suffered a seizure, which may have caused him to fall overboard and drown.

The accident happened in part of the river that is about 15 feet deep, just off Belvin Maynard Road. Bennett's body was recovered around 4:45 p.m. some 40 yards from where he was fishing. Deputies say no foul play is suspected.

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