Passaic firefighters continued their search along the Passaic River on Saturday to find the missing residents swept away by Wednesday’s storm.
“We are currently operating with two boats on the water and three state police drones,” Passaic Fire Chief Pat Trentacost said.
The couple, Nidhi Rana, 18, and Ayush Rana, 21, were last seen Wednesday evening when Ayush’s car was taken in the flood waters.
Rescue workers searched the culvert where McDonald’s Brook leads to the Passaic River on Friday and where witnesses said the couple were washed away in the waterways below the city.
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They returned on Saturday to cross the Passaic River.
There are a total of five boats in service. The boats are turned to keep the crews cool and to maintain the engines.
The boats come from the Sheriff’s Department, the Departments of Passaic, Clifton, Hawthorne and Ringwood.
Trentacost said rescuers are also focusing on the riverbanks and the area where the culvert flows into the river.
State police, he said, were planning to send a helicopter on Saturday night.
Trentacost said all night that there would be periodic checks. Research is expected to continue on Sunday, focusing on the downstream area.
Matt Fagan is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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