Three boaters on the James River were found safe and unharmed about 45 minutes after they were reported missing, said Tom Schmitt, chief deputy sheriff with the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
At about 8:30 p.m., a caller reported that the three people they were supposed to meet, a 20-year-old, a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old, had not arrived at the meeting spot yet, Schmitt said.
The trio was located on the James River near County Road 21 in a paddle boat by a Groton police officer at about 9:20 p.m. Schmitt said.
All three were safe and unharmed, he said. It turned out that the trip down the river just took longer than the group expected,
The Brown County Sheriff's Office, Groton Police Department, the Groton and Bath Fire Department, Game Fish and Parks, Brown County Emergency Management and Avera CareFlight all assisted in the search effort, he said.