Police: Bodies of father, son recovered from Neversink River

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CUDDEBACKVILLE -

Police say the bodies of a father and son who went missing in the Neversink River were recovered Monday afternoon.

They say the body of 46-year-old Marco Avila, of Queens, was first spotted around 11 a.m.  from a police helicopter. Officials say his 9-year-old son, Marcos Avila, was spotted shortly after several hundred feet away.

Police say the father and son were swept away in Cuddebackville on Saturday.

A family friend told News 12 that the two were on a three-day camping trip that they take every year. State police say the father and son were last seen by the Oakland Valley campground Saturday morning.

According to investigators, the boy was on a raft with a 16-year-old Saturday morning. As they came back to shore, the 9-year-old slipped into the river and the raft was washed away. The teen was able to get to shore.

The young boy's father jumped in to get him, but the strong currents caused by Friday night's heavy rains swept the two down river, according to authorities. Police say neither father nor son had on life vests.

The Neversink River is 55 miles long and leads to the Delaware River.

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