Hurt Fire Department personnel board the rescue boat.

UPDATE 11 p.m.:

DANVILLE, Va. — Three bodies were recovered from the Dan River late tonight.

Authorities cannot yet confirm the identities of those who were recovered. The bodies were found about 3 miles downstream from the location where a group of people fell over a dam in Eden, North Carolina, yesterday night.

With four hospitalized and three bodies recovered, the wellbeing of two additional people involved in yesterday's incident remain unknown.

Search will resume by boat and aircraft at 7 a.m. Friday morning.

Authorities now say the group of nine was tubing, not boating, when they fell over the top of a Duke Energy dam in Eden. Rescue squads from Danville and all four corners of Pittsylvania County assisted in the multi-locality search.

Authorities say the incident occurred at 7 p.m. Wednesday night, although it was not reported until Thursday evening. This was likely due to lack of access to a cell phone or cell service.

UPDATE 7 p.m.:

Riverbend Fire Department told the Star-Tribune information about the people who have now been lost in the Dan River for more than two hours.

Four people were recovered from the boat wreck quickly. Rescue squads were originally told five people were missing. They did not specify if the people were unborn.

A Riverbend Fire Department official shared that those still lost in the water include three men and a woman who is at least six months pregnant.

The wellbeing of these people remains unknown.


Rescue squads are still seeking five people in the Riverbend area of Pittsylvania County. 

Shortly before 5 p.m. this afternoon, authorities in Virginia received reports of a boat that had capsized in the Dan River. Nine people were on board. At this time, only four people can be accounted for. 

Danville Life Saving Crew Special Ops, Riverbend Volunteer Fire Department, Hurt Volunteer Fire Department, Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Department, Blairs Volunteer Fire Department, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Pelham (N.C.)  Fire Department and others are on scene.

Rescue personnel say the boat went over a dam in Rockingham County, North Carolina, before capsizing.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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