Memorial service for teen killed in Trent River boating incident - WRBL

Memorial service for teen killed in Trent River boating incident

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NEW BERN, N.C. - Friends and family remembered the life of a New Bern teenager, who died following a boating accident on the Trent River last week.
15-year-old Tanner Webb was a freshman at New Bern High School. He pitched for the JV baseball team.

Many family and friends say Webb may have died young, but he always lived life to the fullest.
As a tribute to Tanner, the New Bern baseball team gave his family a varsity letter, a plaque, and even retired the number 5 from the JV baseball team.
Players friends and Webb's father spoke at today's memorial service.
His baseball coach says even though Webb is gone his memory lives on.

After the memorial, a fellowship for Webb was held at the West of New Bern Fire Department.

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Search and rescue crews have found the body of a 15-year-old boy.

He's Tanner Webb, a freshman at New Bern High School.

New Bern High School students are shocked and depressed as they mourn the loss of their classmate.

Webb was a freshman who pitched for the JV baseball team.

Tuesday night, students painted a rock outside the school in honor of Webb.

"Share a brush. Say a prayer," JV baseball coach Christian Desmarais said. "Do what you got to do."

As for the boating accident, wildlife officer Brandon Lyon says the investigation is still ongoing.

Webb was pulled from the Trent River Tuesday after about 20 hours of searching.

The State Wildlife Commission tells 9 On Your Side six people were on the boat Webb fell off of.

The 15 year old son of Craven County sheriff candidate Chip Hughes was among the juveniles on the boat, according to the candidate.

9 On Your Side spoke to Hughes on the phone, but he declined talking to us about what happened on the boat. He did say the boat is registered to his deceased father-in-law.

The Wildlife Commission says all six of the passengers, including Webb and Hughes’ son were all under-age.

Hughes says his family is close friends with Webb's family and doesn’t want to go on-camera because he feels it’s not in the best interest of Webb's family and the other families children.

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NC Wildlife officials confirm they've located the body of a missing teen in the Trent River.

Wildlife officer Brandon Lyon says the body of 15-year-old Tanner Webb was pulled from the river around 12:55 p.m. Tuesday. Crews had spent almost 20 hours searching for him.

Coast Guard officials say the teen fell off the bow of a 21-foot-long boat around 4:30 p.m. Monday near River Bend.

The search was suspended around 2 a.m. and picked back up around 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.
Emergency Services Director Stanley Kite said 3 sonar units, 5 surface search boats, and 2 aircraft took part in the search for the teen Tuesday.
Stay with 9 On Your Side for updates on the story.

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A recovery operation is underway on the Trent River in Craven County.

Investigators are working hard to find a missing teenager who fell off a boat Monday evening.

12 agencies, including search crews from New Bern, Cherry Point and Vanceboro, are helped in the search near Outrigger Road and Gull Pointe in River Bend.

The Coast Guard says a 15-year-old boy fell off the bow of a 21-foot-long boat which ultimately ran over him. No one's seen the teenager since.

Those involved in the search aren't releasing any information about the boy.

"We have crews out with our sonar and boats still out in the water surveying and doing grid searching," Ira Whitford of Craven County Emergency Services said. "Still an ongoing search."

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Coast Guard officials tell 9 On You Side the rescue mission on the Trent River turned into a recovery mission.

New Bern Fire Department assisted the Rhems Volunteer Fire Department, Coast Guard and others.

The Coast Guard, 5th District, reports they were called to search for a 15-year-old boy who fell off a 21 foot boat around 4:30 PM. They say he was not wearing a life jacket.

No word how long the search will continue.

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