SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Teen Brothers Overdue from Canoe Trip in Maryland Found Alive in Virginia

A parent called 911 on Monday and reported the two boys and a canoe missing, the fire department said

NBC Washington

Two teen brothers who were reported overdue from a canoe trip were found safe and unharmed in Westmoreland County in Virginia Tuesday after extensive rescue efforts, authorities announced.

They boys had last been seen near the Harry James Creek at a residence, the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said.

A parent called 911 on Monday and reported the two boys and a canoe missing, the fire department said.

A search had been ongoing Monday and Tuesday in waters near St. Mary’s County in Maryland, according to the department.

At least one boy was wearing a yellow life safety vest and the canoe is silver, the fire department said.

A search of water and land was launched and the U.S. Coast Guard flew an aircraft with thermal detection technology. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, St. Mary's Sheriff's office, Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and Civilian Air Patrol were all involved.

Volunteers also responded to help with the search, and food and drink donations were dropped off at the firehouse as authorities continued their search.

Details about how the boys ended up so far from home have not been provided.

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