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Three killed, two missing after dropping over dam in inflatable rings – four rescued after 19 hours

Rescue workers carry a boat near the Dan River during the search for the two missing people
Rescue workers carry a boat near the Dan River during the search for the two missing people

Three people are dead and two are missing after a group of nine people, all believed to be from the same family, went missing after floating down a river on inflatable rings and dropping over the edge of a dam.

Four of the group were rescued and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the tragedy on the Dan River in North Carolina, Rockingham County emergency services director Rodney Cates said.

The nine people were tubing – an activity which involves travelling across water on inflatable rings.

They went over the Duke Energy dam in the city of Eden at around sunset on Wednesday, Mr Cates said.

He added the dam is approximately 2.5m (8ft) high.