The body of a man who fell into the Roanoke River Sunday night was recovered late this morning.
Juan Alberto Saravia Parada fell into the river while fishing at the Tail Race near the Roanoke Rapids Dam.
“Our condolences and prayers are with the family of the young man,” Gaston Fire Rescue EMS said in an update this afternoon. “We would like to thank all of the agencies who worked together during these past few days. These responders worked tirelessly and professionally in an effort to bring the Parada family closure. We would also like to thank the local businesses and organizations for their donations during this incident.”
The agencies involved were: Roanoke Valley Rescue Squad; Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department; Northampton County Emergency Management; Northampton County Sheriff's Office; North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; Halifax County Sheriff's Office; Northampton County E-911; North Carolina State Highway Patrol; Virginia State Police; NC Sonar Search Alliance; Halifax County E-911 Central Communications; and the Roanoke Rapids Police Department.
Donations were provided by: Roanoke Valley DIRT Ministries; B&J's Cash and Carry; 2nd Street Lunch; Abner's Drive In; The Rewritten Story Foundation; Christy Zornes; and Roanoke Porta-Johns.