Boats have returned to search the Neuse River near La Grange in Lenoir County Wednesday morning. Crews are looking for a fifth grader from Greene County who disappeared Sunday.
Henry Jauregui fell into the Neuse River at Hardy Bridge Sunday afternoon while fishing with his father. The search is considered a recovery, not a rescue.
Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says five or six boats are searching for Henry at this hour. Dail said if they don't find the child today, they will search again tomorrow.
"We will always continue to search," Dail told WITN, though the extent to which they search will have to be decided upon as the process continues.
Henry Jauregui fell into the Neuse River at Hardy Bridge Sunday afternoon while fishing with his father. Yesterday authorities say they changed their efforts from rescue to recovery.
Monday search teams worked until around 9:00 p.m. with sonar equipment, but nothing was found. This morning six boats were in the water and they say the search will continue throughout the day unless the weather changes.
Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says they have extended the search area by one to two miles.
Henry was a fifth grader at West Greene Elementary where a crisis management plan was activated Sunday evening.
The search for a missing ten year old boy from Snow Hill resumed around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Henry Jauregui disappeared Sunday afternoon, when he slipped into the Neuse River near La Grange.
Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says boats are going up and down the Neuse River today, looking for the child's body. The effort has turned from a search and rescue, to that of a recovery. Dail said search crews are not using sonar technology at this time.
Jauregui was in the fifth grade at West Greene Elementary School in Snow Hill. His family was fishing near the Hardy Bridge in La Grange when he slipped off a sand bar Sunday. His father jumped in the water to try to save him, but the current swept the child away, officials say.
Lenoir County deputies say Henry Jauregui slipped into the river while he, his father, and two other youngsters were fishing on a sandbar at Hardy Bridge.
The father, Edwardo Castilla of Snow Hill, jumped into the water to try and save his son, but authorities say the current pulled the child away and he could not be reached. The water temperature is approximately 64 degrees, and the river is high due to recent rains.
Deputies say search teams combed the area all day Sunday and into the night using boats and sonar equipment. They returned this morning in attempt to recover the missing boy.
Search and rescue crews from Lenoir, Wayne, Craven, Sampson, Alamance, and Cumberland counties are assisting with the search.
Search crews have resumed their search for a missing child in the Neuse River.
Lenoir County Emergency Management Director said the search for the ten year old started up again at 7 a.m. after crews took a few hours off.
The child's name has not been released at this time. He disappeared Sunday after falling in the river while fishing with his family. The search has been centered around the bridge at Hardy Bridge Rd. in La Grange.
Lenoir County Fire Marshal Deral Raynor says the search was suspended for the safety of the search crews and due to fatigue. Crews would return to search by boats and with sonar when daylight breaks.
Crews are searching for a child who went into the Neuse River near Hardy Bridge Rd. in La Grange Sunday. The family was fishing. The names of the family and the boy have not been released.
Raynor says so far, crews have searched about a half-mile down the Neuse River from where the child went into the water. The focus, however, has been on a 100-yard stretch near the bridge. The river is about 50 to 60 feet wide there, Raynor said.
Officials are looking for a 10-year-old boy that went missing in the Neuse River Sunday afternoon.
Officials are searching by boat and using a helicopter. They are looking in the area of the Neuse River near Hardy Bridge Road. Officials say the boy was fishing with his family, fell into the water, and then got swept away by the current.
Deputies with Lenoir, Duplin, Craven, Wayne, and Jones counties are all searching, along with several fire departments, state highway patrol, and underwater recovery teams. They've been searching since around 1 p.m.
WITN has a reporter on the scene and will continue to update you on their search efforts.