EDEN, North Carolina – The body of a fourth tuber has been found in a North Carolina river following a fatal accident in which a family on a pleasure float crossed a dam, officials said on Sunday. local officials.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a press release that 7-year-old Isiah Crawford was the person who was found in the River Dan.
Another tuber, Teresa Villano, 35, is still missing. The search for her continued on Sunday, including near the Virginia state border, officials said.
The sheriff’s office said the child’s body was found after authorities received a 911 call around 10 a.m. Someone had reported seeing a body in the river near a boat disembarking in the city of Eden.
The accident happened Wednesday night when a group of nine people descended the river on inflatable tubes and crossed a dam. Four people were rescued Thursday, while the bodies of three tubers were found that day.
The group crossed a dam about 2.5 meters high next to a Duke Energy plant. Boating experts told The News & Record that these low-head dams are known to trap people in the powerful current that swirls at their base.
Dan Riverkeeper Steven Pulliam of Stoneville told News & Record in Greensboro he wonders if recent rains have created mud that has obscured a portage area where boaters and tubers can exit and bypass the dam’s powerful currents .
This story has been corrected to show that The News & Record is based in Greensboro and not in Greenville.