UPDATE (6/2/2022, 6:10 p.m.):
ARDEN, W.Va. – After emergency crews attempted to rescue a man who had reportedly failed to surface after going into the Tygart Valley River, 18-year-old Tyreon Terrell Jackson Thompson of Detroit, Michigan was found deceased.
Officials said he was visiting family in Clarksburg.
He was found at about 9 p.m. Wednesday near where he jumped into the river at “Party Rock.”
Barbour County Sheriff Brett Carpenter said he wants to make sure everyone is safe while visiting the area.
“We just like to put the word out this is not ‘Party Rock,’ it’s Moats Falls, and it’s not a place to come drink and carry on because it is very dangerous, and it’s just a sad situation,” Carpenter said.
Crews from the West Virginia State Police, the Philippi Police Department, fire departments from Junior, Belington, Elkins, Philippi and Nutter Fort, along with Barbour County EMS, were on site.
ORIGINAL (6/1/2022, 9:13 p.m.):
Emergency crews are attempting a water rescue operation in Barbour County, at a popular recreational area known as “Party Rock.”
According to Barbour County Sheriff Brett Carpenter, an 18-year-old man went into the Tygart Valley River and never resurfaced. The incident happened at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
“This is the whole reason we’re telling people not to come down here,” said Carpenter. “It’s treacherous waters, and they don’t need to be swimming in it. These are the things that happen.”
Several fire departments were on scene to assist, and crews had boats and divers in the water, according to Carpenter.
Carpenter added that due to the time of day, efforts to find the man would need to be halted for now. He said crews would resume looking for the man on Thursday morning.
Officials have not released the man’s name at this time.