Body recovered from South Yadkin River identified

Authorities said the body of a missing man was pulled from South Yadkin River at Cooleemee River Park in Rowan County on Saturday night. (WSOC)

Authorities said the body of a missing man was pulled from South Yadkin River at Cooleemee River Park in Rowan County on Saturday night. (WSOC)

SALISBURY, N.C. — Authorities said the body of a missing man was pulled from South Yadkin River at Cooleemee River Park in Rowan County on Saturday night.

Cooleemee police said the missing man was identified as Steven Tanksley, 45, of Salisbury. Cooleemee Police Chief Bobby R. West said his body was found just before 9 p.m.

Earlier in the day, four people and a dog were rescued after crews responded to a call of a possible drowning relating to the same incident.

Of the four people who were rescued, one was reportedly taken to the hospital for an ankle injury. Witnesses said one man was clinging to a tree branch.

Witnesses said the victim had been at “the Bullhole,” a popular name for RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls, with three sons who were fishing.

The victim apparently fell in while trying to rescue another man who fell in while carrying a dog over a dam.

Authorities said rescue crews had sent boats as far as six miles from the original scene to find Tanksley.

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