UPDATE: Authorities identify man who fell off boat sparking search & rescue

JONES COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Multiple first responders are looking for a boater who witnesses say fell out of his boat on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to a 911 call around noon of a man who fell out of his boat near Long Point Boat Launch on the White Oak River in Jones County.

Sheriff Mathew Wineman told WITN, the man’s 11-year-old son was inside when his father went overboard.

He says two other boaters in the area attempted to help but were unsuccessful.

Authorities say the investigation is a joint effort including the US Forestry Service, NC Wildlife and Maysville Search and Rescue.

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