Two women go missing on the Virginia River after a Memorial Day outing

Two women went missing after a group of people on flotation devices crossed a 12-foot drop in a Virginia river on Memorial Day.

According to WRIC-TV, ten more people were rescued from the James River in Richmond after walking over Bosher’s Dam around 3pm.

“Following a very thorough search today, tonight, we suspended operations tonight due to nightfall,” the Richmond Fire Department reportedly said.

“We will begin our search efforts first thing in the morning tomorrow.”

Nine members of the group were rescued by kayakers in the area and one was able to save himself, officials said.

Around the same time, footage from another rescue downstream of the incident showed how dangerous conditions were on the raging whitewater river, the station said.

A man and woman were sitting on a shared intertube when it overturned. The couple held on to a tree that had fallen into the water to avoid being swept away by the current and had to be rescued by a paddleboarder, who was filmed struggling to fight the undertow, the reported point of sale.

A view of the raging river from above.
The Richmond Fire Department could not find the women as night fell, but said they would continue the search the next day.

“The current was so strong that I had to raise my head,” said the woman named Christina.

“Oh my god he saved my life,” she added of paddleboarder Brian Rothell. “I thought I was drowning.” Two women go missing on the Virginia River after a Memorial Day outing


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