Rescue Crews Search For 2 Teens Missing In Neshaminy Creek
By Jim Melwert, Dray Clark
TREVOSE, Pa. (CBS) – Earlier this month it was a boy swept away by the rain-swollen Pennypack Creek, now, in Bucks County, authorities say two teens were swept away by the rain-swollen Neshaminy Creek.
Police say the teens were reported missing at about 10:30pm. A group of teens were swimming when three friends began struggling against the current. One of them was able to swim back to shore, but police say his two friends were swept away. They say those teens are 18 and 19-year-old, both are from Bensalem.
Bensalem Township director of public safety Fred Harran says rescue crews from all over the area responded to aid in the search.
“Firefighters up and down Neshaminy Creek. Through the falls, we have had fire boats in the water. Helicopters and other boats from Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department. We’re going to continue our operation,” said Harran.
That search was scaled back at about 3 a.m. as emergency officials said it was just too dangerous to be in the water. Search crews will get back in the water around 7:30 Wednesday morning.
Harran says this is a reminder that creeks and rivers in the area are always dangerous, but especially after rain storms like we saw yesterday.
“Still water is dangerous in these creeks, but raging water is exceptionally dangerous,” Harran said. “You just shouldn’t go in. There’s nothing good that come from it.”