10 stranded family members rescued on the Dan River

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Rescue squads have found 10 family members who were reported missing while tubing on the Dan River.

Twelve people from Reidsville started floating down the river around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Rusty Gray of the Madison Rescue Squad.

Gray said the group started at Settles Bridge access off Settles Bridge Road and planned to float to the boat landing on Bethlehem Church Road in Eden.

They thought the trip would take three hours when in reality it takes 10, according to Gray.

Gray said the family stopped at a series of islands at the end of Bent Farm Road after two of their tubes deflated.

The family did not have a cell phone and sent two people to get help, Gray said. He said they made the journey to Bethlehem Church Road and called for assistance. The call for the stranded tubers came in around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Eden, Madison-Rockingham and Reidsville rescue squads assisted in the rescue.

They placed one boat on the water, which took about an hour to discover the stranded tubers and another three hours to access them through the woods, Gray said.

Gray said everyone was okay, just tired and cold. The family consisted of two adults and 10 teens and/or children. They were believed to be mostly cousins.


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