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Rafters Found Safe After Multi-County Search Along Lehigh River

Shortly before 10 p.m., state police confirmed with NBC10 that most of the rafters who went out were accounted for and safe.

Rafters who rented from a Pennsylvania company were found safe Monday night following an extensive, multi-county search, state police said.

An empty raft was found in the Lehigh River around 6:40 p.m. in Bowmanstown which raised concerns that rafters were missing. Officials then checked with a company that rented the rafts out of Nesquehoning, Carbon County, and were told that 30 who went out on the river Monday morning were still unaccounted for.

Crews searched along the Lehigh River in Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties and rescued stranded rafters in the process. 

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Officials later confirmed that all of the more than 200 people who rented from the company were accounted for and safe.

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