Three people are dead and two others are still missing after a group of tubers went over a Duke Energy dam, Four of the nine were found by construction workers around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday
What actually happened to the tubers at Duke Energy dam North Carolina:
According to the report, 3 people are dead and 2 remain missing after a group of 5 people went tubing and went over the edge of a steep dam at the North Carolina river, authorities said according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. The five tubers who went for tubing were part of a group of total 9 people who went on the Dan River Wednesday evening.
Authorities said They believed that the group’s tubes were to be tied together, but at one point several came apart. and the tubers were floated over the dam, located at a nearby power plant, at the time of around 7 or 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Four people were seen hanging on to various items and rescued:
Officials said that 4 people were seen “hanging on to various items” in the river and they were safely rescued at the time of around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a spokesperson for the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Kevin Suthard, told to ABC Radio that. They were rescued by the team safely and sent to a hospital for treatment, They are expected to recover soon.
Two people are still missing rescue operation is going on:
Authorities also said that still, 2 people are missing after going over the edge of a dam, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said. currently, a search and rescue operation is underway from the Duke Energy plant to the Virginia state line.
On Thursday evening Rodney Cates the Director of Rockingham County Emergency Services told Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and ABC affiliate WXLV that “We have already done both air and water search at this time,” before the 3 victims being found and rescued.
Search is planned with an aircraft on the Virginia river:
Rodney Cates also said, “Six miles of the river have been searched with an Aircraft into Virginia and along the ground adjacent to the river. Another search is planned for Thursday night with an aircraft that is equipped with an infrared camera. The search team can look at night, with the help of an infrared camera that can pick up heat images at night, in case they were able to get out of the river, Two boats are also searching the river.”
Suthard said that “Tubing is a regular activity in the area, many people came for tubing everyday here, though he added that people are discouraged from tubing near the dam. It’s a pretty steep drop.”
Source : WSET, abc news, 11abc