POLK COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- A search for missing boaters on the Hiwassee River Sunday night turned out to be a false alarm.

State Parks spokesperson Tisha Calabrese says the two adults and three children in question returned sometime before 10:00 pm.

Calabrese says rescue crews began searching for the boaters when they didn't return on time.

Crews gathered in the western part of Polk County, near Highway 411 to begin their search.

Calabrese says all five returned unharmed.