Robeson Co. deputy, woman killed in jet ski accident on Cape Fear River

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators say two bodies were pulled from the Cape Fear River near Elizabethtown after an apparent jet ski accident.

Ofc. Clarence White with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission says around 6:55 a.m. two fishermen found the body of one of the victims near Lock and Dam No. 2. White says when investigators arrived, they found another body in the water nearby.

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The victims have been identified as Thomas Bradley Carter, 30, of Pembroke, and Charlotte Paige McLellan, 27, of Lumberton. Carter was a Robeson County Sheriff’s deputy.

White says it appears Carter and McLellan were heading upstream toward Lock & Dam No. 2 when they hit a tree that had been blown over into the river. Both were wearing life jackets.

He says investigators believe the accident happened sometime after dark yesterday. It is illegal to operate a jet ski outside of the hours between sun up and sundown, White said.

White says a family member reported the victims missing around 9 a.m.