1 dead, 3 rescued after boat sinks early Monday on Catawba River near Charlotte

Scene of the water rescue in Catawba River early Monday morning.
Scene of the water rescue in Catawba River early Monday morning. Taylor Simpson/WBTV

One person is believed to have drowned and three were rescued after a small boat sank Monday on the Catawba River near the Gaston County line, reports Fox 46.

The Belmont Police Department issued a press release Monday morning, saying the boat capsized near the Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park Boat Landing at 4:33 a.m.

It happened as the boat was being used to ferry the four people to shore after a weekend camping trip, Fox 46 reported.

The victim was identified Tuesday as 19-year-old James Coulter, according to WBTV.

His body was found around 1 p.m. Monday, reported the station. A child was among the campers, but was not in the boat when it sank, according to WSOC.

Names of the four people involved have not been released, and officials have not said what caused the boat to sink.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is currently investigating the incident, according to Belmont Police.

Emergency personnel say three of the people made it to shore after the boat flipped. Belmont officials told WBTV that “several people were camping on a nearby island” and the boat was being used to bring them to shore. At some point, the boat began taking on water during one of the trips to shore, the station reported.

Sergeant Brad Pickert with the Belmont Police Department told WSOC that two men and a woman survived the sinking, which happened after “the boat flipped.” The the camp site was north of the Wilkinson Boulevard bridge, reported the station.

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