UPDATE 4:18 p.m.: Police confirm the remains of Lauren Winstead have been recovered from the James River.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The search continues for two women who went over Bosher’s Dam in the rushing waters of the James River Monday.
Multiple local agencies are out on the water again today after searching for the young women for hours yesterday.
Crews started searching again at 9 a.m. this morning after they went a little farther than originally planned yesterday.
Officials said they will be searching from the western part of Belle Isle down to the I-95 bridge today. Wednesday’s search will move upstream, Richmond police told 8News.
Richmond police will remain on scene at Tredegar Ironworks. The police are still considering the effort a missing persons search and are continuing to hold out hope.
There are seven boats and 25 search-and-rescue team members on the water from Richmond, Goochland County, Henrico County, Hanover County and Chesterfield County.
Richmond Police spokesperson Tracy Walker said other maritime officers are also further down the James River helping in the search operation.
Henrico Police, Richmond Fire and several other agencies searched on the river and in the air for 23-year-old Lauren Winstead and 28-year-old Sarah Erway yesterday.
Walker said RPD is continuing to work closely with the families of both women during the search mission.
Police said the two women were floating on the river when they missed their exit to Robious Landing in the strong currents and went over the dam, which has a 12-foot drop.
It has been more than 40 hours since Richmond Police responded to a group of kayakers and floaters stranded in the James River Monday.
8News drone video shows standup paddleboards and other inflatables churning at Bosher’s Dam at the beginning of the week. Those devices are confirmed to be related to the group of 12 that were on the water Monday.
Nine of them were rescued and one person got out of the water on their own and went to the hospital.
As the search continues for Winstead and Erway, Henrico Police Lieutenant Matt Pecka said crews are cautious of how high the water level is.
“It’s very nice but there’s a lot, the elements alone with the fast-moving water as you can see and logs and debris,” he said. “It’s just a dangerous place to be until those water levels subside to a much manageable level.”
Sarah Erway’s pastor, Vander Warner, Jr. and his wife Winnie have known Erway and her family for years.
“Tragedy is unspeakable. It just hits you so hard. We loved her mother so much, that not depressing, but sadness. Great sadness,” Warner, Jr. said.
“As a mother, there’s a huge hole in her heart,” Warner Jr.’s wife, Winnie said.