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Search and Rescue Team Found the Body of a 7-Year-Old Boy a Few Days after Accident

Gaone Pule
Jun 22, 2021
12:50 P.M.
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The body of a young boy, Isiah Crawford, was discovered nearly four days following a tubing accident that killed members of his family in North Carolina.

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A search and rescue team found the body of a 7-year-old boy a few days after the accident. The Rockingham County Department of Emergency Services took to Twitter writing a passerby called in to report what was believed to be a body.

"At approximately, 10.02 am the 911 center received a call from a citizen who was reporting what was believed to be a body in the river near the Draper Landing," the officials said in a press release.

Pictured - An image of fire and water rescue teams wearing helmets and pulling a hose | Source: Pixabay

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The authorities revealed the rescue team was dispatched to the area and confirmed that the body was in the water. They instantly initiated recovery efforts.

Upon completion of the recovery, they positively identified the deceased as Isiah Crawford from Eden, North Carolina. The water pressure increased overnight with the release of the water from Belews Lake.

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Therefore, they knew there was a high possibility that the victim could surface due to the increased water flow. The officials said they previously put the search on hold.

“We continue to stand firmly behind the decision made yesterday to suspend such efforts until we had new leads upon which to search," they stated.

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Isiah was among a group of nine people who were all related and floated down the Dan River on inflatable tubes on Wednesday, June 16, and went over a dam.

His body was the fourth to be recovered, and a member of the public reported spotting his body near a boat landing in the town of Eden, about 35 miles north of Greensboro, on Sunday morning.

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First responders managed to rescue others who were "clinging to the dam in the river: "Rueben Villano, 35, his son Eric, 14, daughter Irene, 18, and 14-year-old Karlos Villano.

Bridish Crawford, Isiah's 27-year-old mom, was found dead, as were Antonio Ramo, 30, and Sophie Wilson, 14. The search and rescue team is still searching for Teresa Villano, 35, Rueben's twin sister, and Wilson's aunt.

Pictured: A photo of people on a boat near a water dam | Source: Pexels

She is the only person still missing after Isiah's body recovery. The rescue team went back to search for her after his body was found, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

The group’s tubes were believed to be tied together, but later several came apart. The tubers floated over the dam, located near a local power plant, around seven or 7:30 pm, authorities said.

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