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Multiple tubers missing in Rockingham County


Emergency Crews suspended the search for two people as night has fallen in Rockingham County, Friday night. They told WXII 12 News they are still holding out hope that two missing people will be found alive. The search will resume Saturday. Three people are dead and two others are still missing after a group of tubers went over the Duke Energy dam Wednesday evening in Rockingham County. “Say a prayer for these families because they lost somebody. It’s very tragic. And pray for our first responders,” said Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page Friday afternoon. Authorities said nine people were floating on the water on the Dan River Wednesday evening when they went over the dam near the Duke Energy facility in Rockingham County.But emergency officials said it wasn’t until around 3 p.m. Thursday that they received a 911 phone call from a Duke Energy employee. “I can’t imagine going over the dam and I can’t imagine being down there from dark on Wednesday, 8:30, 9 at night, to yesterday at 3:30 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon. That’s got to be tough. I can’t imagine that,” Page said.Emergency crews rescued four people out of the water Thursday who were taken to the hospital. Page said they had a floatation device with them when they were rescued from the water. Emergency Crews rescued 35-year-old Rueben Villino, 14-year-old Eric Villino, 18-year-old Irene Villino and 14-year-old Karlos Villino who were clinging to the dam in the river authorities said. Later that night the bodies of 27-year-old Bridish Crawford, 30-year-old Antonio Ramon and 14-year-old Sophie Wilson were recovered. The search continued for two others Friday. 30-year-old Teresa Villino and 7-year-old Isiah Crawford both of Eden are still missing. “We want to remain positive and optimistic that we will do a rescue rather than a recovery,” said Rodney Cates, the emergency services director for Rockingham County.The state police flew their helicopter over to assist on Thursday and Friday. On Friday afternoon Page said crews from North Carolina were searching downstream while crews from Virginia worked their way upstream. Page said they met near the Berry Hill Bridge area.”We’re still looking for the persons who are unaccounted for,” he said. “We’re going to continue this search until we have nothing else to search for.”Page said the group is related. Cates said it’s important if you are out on the water to be careful. “Know where you are, know your surroundings have your safety vest your life vest, the inner tube may not always stay inflated and if the inner tube is not inflated you need some type of floatation device to secure you as you are coming on down the river,” he said.Cates said the four people rescued were very tired and fatigued. Those four were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities said the dropoff from the dam is about eight feet. Page said the group got into their tubes at a boat launch near Hamilton Street.Cates said new rescue crews will be coming in from other counties Saturday to continue the search. “The plan is to search from the dam back to this point and we will have other crews that will deploy at this point and search further north, so yes we will try to traverse the entire waterway,” he said.This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

Emergency Crews suspended the search for two people as night has fallen in Rockingham County, Friday night. They told WXII 12 News they are still holding out hope that two missing people will be found alive. The search will resume Saturday.

Three people are dead and two others are still missing after a group of tubers went over the Duke Energy dam Wednesday evening in Rockingham County.

“Say a prayer for these families because they lost somebody. It’s very tragic. And pray for our first responders,” said Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page Friday afternoon.

Authorities said nine people were floating on the water on the Dan River Wednesday evening when they went over the dam near the Duke Energy facility in Rockingham County.

But emergency officials said it wasn’t until around 3 p.m. Thursday that they received a 911 phone call from a Duke Energy employee.

“I can’t imagine going over the dam and I can’t imagine being down there from dark on Wednesday, 8:30, 9 at night, to yesterday at 3:30 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon. That’s got to be tough. I can’t imagine that,” Page said.

Emergency crews rescued four people out of the water Thursday who were taken to the hospital. Page said they had a floatation device with them when they were rescued from the water.

Emergency Crews rescued 35-year-old Rueben Villino, 14-year-old Eric Villino, 18-year-old Irene Villino and 14-year-old Karlos Villino who were clinging to the dam in the river authorities said. Later that night the bodies of 27-year-old Bridish Crawford, 30-year-old Antonio Ramon and 14-year-old Sophie Wilson were recovered.

The search continued for two others Friday. 30-year-old Teresa Villino and 7-year-old Isiah Crawford both of Eden are still missing.

“We want to remain positive and optimistic that we will do a rescue rather than a recovery,” said Rodney Cates, the emergency services director for Rockingham County.

The state police flew their helicopter over to assist on Thursday and Friday. On Friday afternoon Page said crews from North Carolina were searching downstream while crews from Virginia worked their way upstream. Page said they met near the Berry Hill Bridge area.

“We’re still looking for the persons who are unaccounted for,” he said. “We’re going to continue this search until we have nothing else to search for.”

Page said the group is related. Cates said it’s important if you are out on the water to be careful.

“Know where you are, know your surroundings have your safety vest your life vest, the inner tube may not always stay inflated and if the inner tube is not inflated you need some type of floatation device to secure you as you are coming on down the river,” he said.

Cates said the four people rescued were very tired and fatigued. Those four were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities said the dropoff from the dam is about eight feet. Page said the group got into their tubes at a boat launch near Hamilton Street.

Cates said new rescue crews will be coming in from other counties Saturday to continue the search.

“The plan is to search from the dam back to this point and we will have other crews that will deploy at this point and search further north, so yes we will try to traverse the entire waterway,” he said.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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