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Authorities suspend search of Lehigh River after missing rafters all found safe

CARBON CO., Pa. - A huge search was conducted Monday along the Lehigh River near Jim Thorpe and Lehighton in Carbon County for hours due to a concern that some rafters could be missing.

It was being reported that around 200 people from a church group were on the river Monday and that many had not been accounted for.

However, around 10 p.m. it was reported that authorities were releasing everyone from the scene and were confident, after working with the rafting company in charge, that all were accounted for.

Authorities say it appears rafters got off the river at various locations along the route due to the severity of the weather and dangerous river conditions.

That made accounting for everyone difficult.

Helicopters and boating units were called to assist in the search.

Around 7:30 p.m. around 30 female campers on five rafts were pulled out of the river. Around that same time, an empty raft was also found which triggered a search of the water. 

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