Three dead tubers, four rescued, two missing after crossing an 8-foot dam – .

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Three dead tubers, four rescued, two missing after crossing an 8-foot dam – .


Nine people tubed in the Dan River and crossed an 8-foot dam (Photos: AP)

Three people have died, four have been rescued and two are still missing after the group went diving in a North Carolina river and crossed an eight-foot dam.

Search efforts resumed Friday morning for the two tubers that are missing from Wednesday’s crash in the Dan River. Rescue teams found a 14-year-old boy, his uncle and two cousins ​​on Thursday afternoon and all were rushed to hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Three people were killed and found about three miles downstream of the dam. Their identities have not yet been released.

“While the outcome is tragic for these people who have been recovered, at least for their families, there is some closure,” Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates said, according to WFMY.

Nine people entered the river above a Duke Energy dam on Wednesday just before dark, Cates said. They were each floating on their own tube when they crossed the edge of the dam.

Cates said on Friday the river had warning signs regarding the dam downstream.

“People usually come out before the dam,” Cates said, adding that it was still not clear why the tubers did not come out of the river before approaching the drop off.

The mother of the 14-year-old boy who was rescued told WGHP he was tired after floating down the river for 20 hours. The boy was physically fine and was released from the hospital Thursday night, but he was mentally distraught.

Rescue teams on two boats and a helicopter searched the river from the Duke Energy Dam in Eden on the state border with Virginia.

Cates said officials “are going to stay positive that we can perform a rescue rather than a recovery, and we’re going to stay positive until we find out otherwise.”

It’s not uncommon for people to tubing on the river, but most get out and walk around the dam, Cates said.

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