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Search for missing inner tube rider ends for second day

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By Erin Smith

IMG_2139The search for a missing inner-tube rider at White Lake was suspended for a second day due to thunderstorms. Bladen County Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark said the search will resume on Monday at 8 a.m.

According to reports, the missing tuber has been identified as Kendrick Lavor Dials, 36 of Florence, SC.  According to reports, his family is staying at a nearby hotel.

Clark said the 30-year-old man was riding on an inner tube with two other men when one rider fell off. He said the missing man went in to the water to assist the one who fell off the inner tube and has not been seen since.

Assisting in the search on Sunday afternoon was Cumberland County, Pender County, Robeson County, Bladen County Water Rescue, Lumberton, cadaver dogs and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, and the NC Parks and Recreation.