Orange County Man and 2 Children Have Gone Missing on Neversink River

By Vanessa Rios, Epoch Times
August 18, 2018 Updated: August 19, 2018

UPDATE: As of 8 p.m. EDT, the man and his 8-year-old son are still missing. Crews have announced they will continue the search on Sunday morning.

UPDATE: As of 6 p.m. EDT, authorities say the 16-year-old boy was rescued by a friend of the man who is still missing along with his 8-year-old. No details of his condition are available.

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NEW YORK—Locals are searching for a man, his 8-year-old son, and a 16-year-old boy after the two boys got swept away while water rafting and the father attempted to rescue them in the Neversink River near the Oakland Valley campground. The incident occured at approximately 11 a.m. on Aug. 18.

The 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. 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.

Man and two children missing after rafting trip in Cuddebackville
An Orange County man and two boys have gone missing in the Neversink River in Cuddebackville, NY. Water Search and Rescue travel up the river in search of the three. (Vanessa Rios/The Epoch Times)

The father got swept up in the raging water. The father’s friend continued to search for the three.

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.

No further information is available as requested by the family.