Body Of Missing Teen Found After Being Swept Away On South Fork River In Gaston County

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Gaston Co. Police say they have found the body of missing 14-year-old Ethan Britt at noon Friday, just below the Spencer Mountain dam on South Fork Catawba River.

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GASTON COUNTY, NC — A 14-year-old Gaston County boy is missing after authorities say he and a friend got separated while swimming in part of the South Fork River Monday evening.

According to Gaston County Police, Ethan Danny Britt was reported missing around 11:00 p.m.

Bill Melton with Gaston County EMS says Britt and another teen were swimming in the river around 6:30 p.m. on Monday when they were swept away by rising waters. Melton says the boys were even swept over a dam in the process.

Around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, multiple crews responded to a call about one teen being stranded in the middle of the South Fork River near the Stanley Spencer Mountain Road bridge. The teen was rescued from an “island on the water,” according to Melton, and taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center for treatment. He is currently listed as being in stable condition.


Stanley Spencer Mountain Road and Rohm Road is blocked off while crews continue their search for Britt.

Multiple agencies, including GCPD, Gaston Emergency Medical Services, Gaston County Emergency Management, Charlotte Fire, and CMPD are involved in the search. The search crews are staged at George Poston Park in Gastonia and officials say the search will continue until they find Britt.

Britt is described as a white male, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130-140 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a scar under his right eye.

Anyone who sees Britt is asked to call 911 immediately.