Fisherman’s body found in South Fork Catawba River

A fisherman’s body was found Wednesday in the South Fork Catawba River in Belmont, multiple media outlets reported.

Gaston County emergency crews had searched for several hours after receiving reports of a stranded boat off the Armstrong Road bridge at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, WCCB reported.

Crews found fishing lines and sandals in the water, according to WSOC-TV.

The body of the boat’s owner was found just after noon, according to Charlotte Observer news partner WBTV.

Officials are not sure how the man died but said foul play is not suspected, WBTV reported.

The man’s name has not been released.

This is a developing story.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.