The sheriff’s office said the child’s body was found after authorities received a 911 call about 10 a.m. Someone had reported seeing a body in the river near a boat landing in the town of Eden.
The accident occurred Wednesday night when a group of nine people floated down the river on inflatable tubes and went over a dam. Four people were rescued Thursday, while three tubers’ bodies were found that day.
Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page waits with other officials for the arrival of the State Highway Patrol’s helicopter, equipped with infrared technology, to aid in the search for a group of missing rafters on Thursday in Eden, N.C. (AP/News & Record)
The group went over a dam that’s about 8 feet high next to a Duke Energy plant. Boating experts told The News & Record that such low-head dams are notorious for trapping people in the powerful current that churns at their base.
Dan Riverkeeper Steven Pulliam of Stoneville told The News & Record in Greensboro that he wonders if recent rains created mud that obscured a portage area where boaters and tubers can exit and walk around the dam’s powerful currents.