Missing Rafters on Lehigh River Found Safe

LEHIGHTON, Pa. -- Officials confirm that all the rafters who were reported missing on the Lehigh River have been located.

Rescue crews were sent to the Lehigh River just before 6 p.m. Monday after reports that 215 rafters needed to be rescued. The rafters launched from Jim Thorpe.

Crews said the rafters were girls between the ages of 12-16 on a rafting trip with Whitewater Rafting Adventures.

Officials said 46 of those girls were pulled from the river near Lehighton. One was taken to the hospital. She was treated and released. The others were found farther down the river.

Officials said some of those rafters were found hanging onto trees along the river.

Crews set up a staging area near the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge between Lehighton and Weissport, according to Carbon County dispatchers.

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