[Editor’s note: This article has been updated upon further information from authorities indicating that the juveniles did not actually need rescued.]
Four juveniles, reported missing when they didn’t return from a tubing trip, were found early Tuesday, May 30, along a remote bank of the Tuscarawas River — and they appeared to be shivering.
“They look like they’re kind of cold. You might want to get EMS started down that way if you haven’t already,” the trooper operating the aerial camera can be heard radioing sheriff’s deputies on the ground, in video posted to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Facebook page.
A timestamp on the video indicates two of the four kids were found just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, about six-and-a-half hours after they went into the water.
The trooper can be heard calling out their location: East of Towpath Road and north of Dover-Zoar Road, which intersect along the river in Lawrence Township.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office requested the aviation unit’s aid in locating the four juveniles, and the trooper can be heard guiding sheriff’s deputies to them, while keeping a spotlight on them.
Deputies located all four juveniles just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, as indicated by radio chatter.
Though the teens were reported missing, they were “never in any danger and did not need rescued,” Tuscarawas sheriff’s Capt. Adam Fisher later told FOX 8 News.