Official: Person dies after struggling in Duplin County pond

DUPLIN COUNTY - The Duplin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 71-year-old who was reportedly struggling in a pond Thursday evening.

The person was fishing off a kayak, and the incident appears to be accidental, Sheriff Blake Wallace said.

According to Pink Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue, crews received a call at about 6 p.m. Thursday of a person struggling in the water at Maxwell's Mill Pond. The scene is at Maxwell Mill Park on Maxwell's Mill Campground Road, west of Pink Hill

When crews arrived at the scene, the person was out of the water, fire officials said. Crews tried to perform lifesaving measures, but the person died.

The exact cause of death is under investigation, officials said. The victim's identity has not been released.

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