Eleven Tubers Rescued from The Brandywine River Sunday Night


A group of friends on a tubing trip had to be rescued in Montchanin late Sunday night.

Eleven people were rescued from the Brandywine River near the Pennsylvania state line after it became too dark for them to proceed, according to officials.

The incident started out as a daylight tubing trip in Chester County, Pennsylvania, however, when it became too dark for the group to see what was ahead of them they got out of the water and became stranded on the rocks.

The group called 911 just before 9:00 pm which brought rescue crews from several Delaware and Pennsylvania fire companies, along with medics, water rescue teams, and Delaware State Police Aviation’s Trooper 4.

About two hours into the incident all eleven people had been escorted back to the staging area at Smith Bridge Road.

All eleven, cold and wet, were provided with blankets and were evaluated by medical crews on scene. No major injuries were reported.

Responding Crews
ALS21 M8D N18M2 N20M3 N23M2 N256 N29M2 NA11 NA13 NGATOR25 NMRU23 NMRU29 NR14 NR25 NSO15 NSO509 NTSU18 NTSU20 NU23 STA25 TPR4

Breaking Report

Rescue crews from several fire companies in northern New Castle County and Chester County Pa have responded to the Brandywine River at Smith Bridge Road for a water rescue.

Early reports from the scene indicate that crews have been searching for several teens that were tubing and were in distress.

Updated reports indicate that the teens and a 7-year-old have made their way to shore.

Crews are still actively searching the area.

Update: Crews have located the tubers. Rescue crews are accompanying the tubers downstream.

Trooper 4 is assisting in the search.

This is a developing story

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