Rescue teams from NC, Virginia continue search after 3 tubers die, 2 missing after going over dam

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EDEN, N.C, (WGHP) — Rescue teams from North Carolina and Virginia continue to search for two missing tubers who went over a dam on the Dan River in Rockingham County late Wednesday.

Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates said a group of nine people were tubing on the river and went over the dam between 7:30 p.m. and sunset on Wednesday.

The incident was reported to the Rockingham County 911 Center by a Duke Energy employee around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Cates said he believes the people on the raft didn’t have a way to call for help, which caused the delay in rescue efforts.

Duke Energy employees spotted four of the nine people at the bottom of the dam and called for rescue services Thursday afternoon.

The four people rescued so far are a 14-year-old boy, his uncle and two cousins.

The mother of the boy said he is tired but doing all right.

His grandfather said he was visiting his aunt and uncle from out of state. He’s been released from the hospital as of Thursday night.

Three bodies have been recovered, and two people remain on the river.

Rescue teams from Rockingham County and Virginia are searching for the two who remain missing.

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