Saturday, August 18, 2018



Father and son swept away in raging Neversink River waters

Rescuers search the Neversink River for the missing father and son

CUDDEBACKVILLE – Emergency services personnel are scouring the Neversink River from Cuddebackville downstream as a father and his eight-year-old son have been reported washed away in raging waters.

A man at the scene said he was visiting with family and friends from Queens on Saturday, spending the weekend at the Oakland Valley Campground in Cuddebackville. He was fishing on the shore of the Neversink River around 10 in the morning.

His friend and he noticed two boys from their group racing by on a raft in the raging waters. The boys, ages 16 and eight, were yelling for help.

The man, who did not give his name, both he and his friend dove into the river to try to rescue the boys. His friend is the father of the eight-year-old.

He saved the 16-year-old, but the father and his eight-year-old son were swept away by raging currents from the recent rains.

Water rescue teams from Orange, Sullivan and Pike counties were out with boats and with divers. A State Police helicopter flew overhead and a drone was deployed.

So far, there has been no sign of the missing father and son as of late Saturday afternoon.

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