Family Weekend, Turns Tragic

A weekend getaway turned into a family’s worst nightmare. While fishing and having fun on a river in rural New York, a family outing turned into a 30-plus agency search for a father and son. Water rescue, underwater search teams, drones and even helicopters were used in the search.

Locals are searching for a man and his 8-year-old son after one of the boys got swept away while rafting. The father attempted to rescue him but also got swept away. This occurred at the Neversink River, near the Oakland Valley campground. The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Aug. 18.

Two kids were on a raft about three miles west of the D&H Canal Park on Hoag Road in Cuddebackville, New York, when raging waters swept them away. Recent rains had swollen the river to dangerous levels, but no warnings had been issued at that time.

The Neversink River, swollen after storms.  Photos by Vanessa Rios, The Epoch Times

The 8-year-old’s father and a friend were standing nearby in the water fishing at the time. The father and friend went after the two boys in an attempt to rescue them.

The 8-year-old’s father was also swept away by the river.

Emergency services, underwater search and rescue, helicopter, and canine units from across Orange County were dispatched around 3 p.m. local time and are actively searching. The river current is faster than usual after heavy rains over the last two days.

The father and son were found a day later, 200-meters downstream, they were pronounced dead at the scene.

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