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A release from the National Park Service highlights the reasons for safety and sobriety when you are on the New River.

Rangers with the National Park Service were called to the Berry Campground in Hinton on Friday around 5 p.m.  According to a release, a 55-year-old man from Sophia, who had reportedly been drinking, went swimming in the New River and got into trouble.  The man was not wearing a life jacket and began calling for help.  Rangers and the Green Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department were called in to rescue the man. He was taken to a Summers County hospital.  The man, who's name has not been released, has been charged by the National Park Service with Public Intoxication and Creating a Hazardous Condition.  The New River was reportedly at 6.8 feet.

This apparently was not the first time the man had done this, either.  The release from the National Park Service said that Summers County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call on Thursday that the same man was having trouble in the New River.

Officials with the National Park Service encourage everyone who is enjoying the river this season to be alert, avoid alcohol, and wear a life jacket or other personal floatation device at all times when on or near the river.