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Drowning Victim Found Three Days Later Along the Neuse River In Wayne County

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The body of a Goldsboro man was pulled from the Neuse River Wednesday, May 13th, three days after he apparently drowned in the state park. Division of Parks says Brian Davis’ body was found about 200 to 300 yards downstream of where he slipped away Sunday night. Brian was positively identified by his family.

Davis was with a group of people hiking through Cliffs of the Neuse State Park located 11 miles southeast of Goldsboro out on highway 111. At some point in their hike the group decided to cross the Neuse River. The park system continues to investigate the drowning.

Crews searched Sunday night without finding anyone in the river at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, that’s near Seven Springs, North Carolina (NC). Lawmen say they were called there just before 7 p.m. Sunday. Dive teams, the sheriff’s office and other crews responded.

Brian Davis was 21 years old and was with a group of seven from Goldsboro, North Carolina (NC) that had decided to go hiking within the park land. According to Charley Peek, spokesperson for the park, the group had decided to cross the river for some reason. Davis went under while crossing the river. Several in the hiking group tied unsuccessfully in getting Davis across.

Sadness and grief are heart felt feelings when someone you love dies from accidental drowning. After the initial shock we start to naturally think of how such a senseless thing could be prevented. As a personal injury law firm we want you to be safe. Here are some safety tips we have researched from to remember next time you might be thinking of crossing a river, or just swimming in it:

  • River currents are often stronger than they appear. You can throw in a twig to check how fast the river is flowing.
  • Remember, the current is stronger around the outside of a bend in the river.
  • If you are caught in a current, float on your back and travel downstream feet first to protect your head from impact with any objects. Angle your travel towards shore.
  • Submerged objects can be very dangerous. Keep watch for trees, branches, rocks and rubbish. Always remember to enter the water feet first.
  • Remember, river conditions can change rapidly due to heavy rainfall or the release of water from storage areas. An area that is safe in the morning can be dangerous in the afternoon.
  • Take care on riverbanks. They are often slippery, and can even crumble away resulting in someone accidentally falling into the water.

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