The body of a seven-year-old boy has been pulled from a river following a deadly accident in which a family on a inflatable tubes went over a dam.
Isiah Crawford is the fourth body to be found after the family's accident on Wednesday night on the Dan River in the US state of North Carolina.
The group of nine had floated down the river on the recreational float and went over a dam. Four people were rescued on Thursday, while three bodies were found that same day.
One tuber, Teresa Villano, 35, remains missing. The search for her continued over the weekend.
Isiah's mother, Bridish Crawford, is one of the three people who have been confirmed dead, WFMY reported.
Antonio Ramon, 30, and Sophie Wilson, 14, are the others who have been confirmed dead.
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Karlos Villano, 14, was rescued along with Rueben Villano, 35, and his children Eric, 14, and Irene, 18.
Rueben is Teresa's twin brother and she is also Sophie Wilson's aunt.
The sheriff's office said the child's body was found after authorities received a 911 call at about 10 am. Someone had reported seeing a body in the river near a boat landing in the town of Eden.
The group went over a dam that’s about 2.5 meters high next to a Duke Energy plant. Boating experts told The News & Record that such low-head dams are notorious for trapping people in the powerful current that churns at their base.
Dan Riverkeeper Steven Pulliam of Stoneville told The News & Record that he wonders if recent rains created mud that obscured a portage area where boaters and tubers can exit and walk around the dam’s powerful currents.
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