Three people are dead, and two remain missing after five people tubing on a North Carolina river went over the edge of a steep dam. The five tubers were part of nine people who went tubing on the Dan River Wednesday evening. The group’s tubes were believed to be tied together, but at one point, several came apart. The tubers floated over the dam, located near a local power plant, at around seven or 7:30 p.m.
Four people hanging on to various items were rescued from the river at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Lt. Kevin Suthard, a spokesperson for the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, told local media. They were sent to a hospital for treatment and are expected to recover. Two people are still missing after going over the edge of a dam. A search and rescue effort is currently underway from the Duke Energy plant to the Virginia state line.
Tubing is a “regular activity” in the area, said Suthard, though he added that people are discouraged from tubing near the dam.