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The teenager who was thrown from the boat in Wilson was on board with three others, the wildlife officer says

WILSON, NC (WNCN) — A 14-year-old man who died in a boating accident at Buckhorn Reservoir in Wilson was a passenger on a boat with a total of four people on board, a wildlife official confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the victim was found early Monday morning and was “declared dead on discovery” after being “thrown from a boat,” according to a previous Wilson Police press release.

Wildlife Officer Milton R. Grady confirmed that there were four people on board the 19-foot skiff pleasure boat and one of the occupants was at least 18 years old.

However, Grady could not confirm whether the 14-year-old operated the boat or had other identifiers for the passengers.

Grady provided an example of the “skiff” boat from which the 14-year-old was thrown.

In North Carolina, you must be at least 16 years old to operate a watercraft.

Grady also said about 20 boats were out on the water when the teenager was thrown from the boat just after 10 a.m

Wilson Fire and Rescue, several volunteer fire departments and various law enforcement agencies were involved in the search, police said. Grady said the first wildlife officer arrived around 11 a.m. and firefighters and other crews were already there.

He said crews are using all kinds of different sonars and technology due to the murky waters in the roughly 2,300-acre reservoir, which has depths of up to 20 feet.

Grady also said it was not known if the boat “jumped on the trail to avoid a collision, took a sharp turn” or encountered a different scenario altogether.

Regardless, he said the boat complied with the correct amount of life jackets.

Amber Trent, Rodney Overton & Deana Harley contributed to this article.

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