UPDATE 08:15 – 13 pedestrians were rescued from the Satan Bathtub area on Monday morning according to officials.
According to Chief Roger Carter of Duffield Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 13 stranded pedestrians have been found, while seven pedestrians are estimated to still be stranded.
Carter told News Channel 11 that there were conflicting figures initially reported, but 20 total pedestrians were stranded in the area, with seven still in need of rescue.
Carter said rescuers were currently entering the bathtub area with an alternative route, because the normal route was too dangerous at this time. The rescue team will enter the area by passing the top of the route and through the brush.
Carter said some of the missing pedestrians were part of a family group.
A boy can come down and tell the savior that his mother and sister are part of seven children who are still displaced.
The rescue team has warned people to stay outside the area because it is inaccessible due to high water, and the search time is there.
The Bristol Virginia Professional Firefighters Association has also sent personnel to the Devil’s Bathtub to help rescue efforts.
According to a post from the association, Virginia Task Force 4 responded to footsteps Monday morning to help because of rising flood waters.
UPDATE 11:30 PM – According to Fort Blackmore VFD, 8 pedestrians have been rescued, around 20 still displaced.
UPDATE at 10:30 p.m. – There are 12-20 people currently stranded in the Devil’s Bathtub area, according to Fort Blackmore VFD. This is an increase in the 12 stranded pedestrians that were originally reported.
FORT BLACKMORE, Va. (WJHL) – Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department along with Duffield Fire and Rescue responded to an incident involving 12 pedestrians stranded in the Devil’s Bathtub area, according to a Facebook post from the Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department.
According to the post, Sunday’s storm in the area caused the surrounding tributaries to rise, resulting in 12 pedestrians stranded in various locations on the path.
The climbers remain stranded. According to Fort Blackmore VFD, rising and rapid water makes rescue difficult to reach the climbers.
This is a developing story. Stay updated when broadcast and online at WJHL.com.