Two children, 4 and 5, missing after an overnight flash flood in North Carolina ...

Two children, aged 5 and 4, are missing after an overnight flash flood in North Carolina swept away their mom's car and capsized four rescue boats trying to save them.   

The 5-year-old girl and her younger brother were traveling with their mother along Galilee Road in Smithfield, outside Raleigh, Monday night when rising water flooded the road and swept the vehicle away. 

Rescue crews were able to initially pull the mother and boy from the water but the treacherous conditions overturned the rescue boats and the child was lost again.  

Four swiftwater rescue boats capsized in the extreme currents, authorities said, meaning first responders also had to be saved from the perilous waters. 

The car has since been recovered but there was no sign of the two children inside.  

Two children, aged 5 and 4, are missing after an overnight flash flood in North Carolina swept away their mom's car and capsized four rescue boats trying to save them. Rescue crews searching for the children

Two children, aged 5 and 4, are missing after an overnight flash flood in North Carolina swept away their mom's car and capsized four rescue boats trying to save them. Rescue crews searching for the children

Rescue crews were able to initially pull the mother and boy from the water but the treacherous conditions overturned the rescue boats and the child was lost again

Rescue crews were able to initially pull the mother and boy from the water but the treacherous conditions overturned the rescue boats and the child was lost again

The mother and two emergency responders were taken to hospital

The mother and two emergency responders were taken to hospital 

Smithfield, Wilson Mills, Princeton, and Four Oaks fire departments all responded to a 911 call from the mother at around 11:30 p.m. Monday night, according to Johnston County emergency officials. 

Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said at a press conference Tuesday rescue crews managed to get the mother and one child into recovery boats on the way to safety when the boats capsized. 

The rescue teams grabbed the mother and were able to get to safety, but the child slipped away in the fast-moving water, he said.

'They got into the water and they were able to rescue the child, a child and the mother,' Blanton said.

'The water was so turbulent that the boat capsized and they lost the child.'   

The 5-year-old girl and her younger brother were traveling with their mother along Galilee Road in Smithfield, outside Raleigh, Monday night when rising water flooded the road and swept the vehicle away. The car was recovered Tuesday but the children were not inside (above)

The 5-year-old girl and her younger brother were traveling with their mother along Galilee Road in Smithfield, outside Raleigh, Monday night when rising water flooded the road and

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