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Three tubers die after going over dam; search continues for two missing

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Kyle Barnett
Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates spoke during a press conference on the missing, dead tubers late Thursday. Screenshot from Rockingham County Youtube.
Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates spoke during a press conference on the missing, dead tubers late Thursday. Screenshot from Rockingham County Youtube.

June 18 (UPI) -- Three people are dead and two are missing after a tubing accident in North Carolina.

The five tubers plunged over a Duke Energy dam on the Dan River in Eden on thursday, officials said.

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"Three of the missing five individuals from the Dan River search have been located and recovered (deceased). Two are still missing at this point," Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet.

The sheriff's office said those who died were part of a larger group, but they came untied before going over the dam.

Authorities said the search for the missing tubers spans from Rockingham County to the Virginia border.

"We have done both an air and water search at this time. We've had an aircraft that has flown the river. They flew 6 miles into Virginia, they came back widened their perimeter and flew the ground area adjacent to the river," Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates said.

The search helicopter utilizes infrared technology to locate victims.

The four other tubers in the party were found clinging to various items upstream.

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