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UPDATE: SC dad and 2 children missing at national park rescued

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HOPKINS, S.C. - The spokesperson for Congaree National Park reports they have made visual and audio contact with the father and two children who have been missing in the park.

The dad, JR Kimbler and his two children Dakota, 10, and Jade, 6, went missing late Saturday night and Tuesday morning they were rescued and taken to an area hospital but word is they are not seriously hurt.


Natural Resources Department Capt. Robert McCullough says authorities were called and the search began early Sunday morning.

The mother of the children, Tammy Bullard -- who doesn't live with Kimbler -- said she'd taken her children to Kimbler earlier on Saturday so they could spend the day with him.

Around 8:30 Saturday night, she received a message from one of Kimbler's friends saying that Kimbler had texted him saying that he was lost and needed help.

McCullough says crews have used all-terrain to search the 24,000 acres of woods and swamp.

He says it's easy to get lost in the park even during daytime conditions.

More than 50 people are involved in the search in the park about 15 miles southeast of Columbia. The Richland County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Park Service Rangers, the Lexington County Fire Service and the Columbia Fire Department are assisting in the search.



 
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