All missing rafters accounted for after a day of rescues on Lehigh River in Pennsylvania
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
August 14, 2018, 10:30:43 AM EDT
Water rescue crews from Lehigh and Northampton counties rescued over 100 missing rafters on Lehigh River in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, Monday evening.
According to reports, 200 rafters went rafting earlier on Monday, but only 55 returned.
Approximately 30 young girls had been pulled from the Lehigh River as of 8:30 p.m. EDT. All of the girls are members of a church camp in New York, and they were whitewater rafting, reports said.
Around 10 p.m. EDT, the authorities suspended the search once they and the rafting company were confident that all had been accounted for.
Crews on scene of a rescue at the Lehigh River | Times News Online about 30 young girls have been pulled from the Lehigh river https://t.co/KUZXFqJAWm #Lehighton #JimThorpe #rescue #news #flooding #whitewaterrafting— Lisa Vooght (@ficflash) August 14, 2018
Police said an empty raft was spotted at the 895 bridge in Bowmanstown, Times News reports.
"Heavy showers and thunderstorms moved through the area Monday morning and again Monday afternoon, bringing 2 to 4 inches to much of the Lehighton area," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.
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"Much of this rain fell very quickly and caused fast rises on creeks and streams and flooding in some locations as well," Root said.
Emergency crews began water rescues at the McCall bridge in Lehighton, and crews then proceeded to the Route 873 bridge.
Five boats are in the river, as well as a state police helicopter flying above to spot any stranded rafters.
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