Body of missing swimmer identified in Fayette County

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UPDATE 6/25/2018 @ 6:50 PM

Officials with the National Park Service identified the body of the missing swimmer as 49-year-old, Terrance Bell from Oak Hill.

According to the NPS, Bell was having a picnic with several other family members and friends at the Fayette Station public river access, when Bell noticed a child, who was wearing a life jacket, ventured into the water. Bell and two other adults tried to rescue the child. 

The child and the other two adults made it back to shore, but Bell disappeared below the surface in the eddy directly above the access. None of the adults were reportedly wearing life jackets. 

UPDATE 6/25/2018 @ 8:40 AM 

NEW HAVEN, WV (WVNS) — Officials with the National Park Service confirm rescue teams have found the body of a missing swimmer. 

Officials said the man was first reported missing around 7 pm Sunday. His body was found early Monday morning. The swimmer reportedly got into the water to save a child from drowning. 

The victim’s name has not been released at this time. 

Officials said the child was wearing a life jacket, but the man who went into the water to save the child was not. Officials want to remind everyone to always wear a life jacket during this time of tragedy. 

Fayetteville, Ansted, Nutall, and Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with Jan Care. 

UPDATE 6/25/2018 @ 7:30 AM 

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — Rescue crews are working to find a man swept away by rushing waters in Fayette County.  

Dispatchers said the call came in around 7 Sunday evening.

A child was reportedly swept down the river near New River Gorge. Three people nearby went into river to save the child and while they did manage to get the child out of the water, one man was caught by the current and did not make it out.  That man has still not been found. We are told the missing man is somehow related to the child. 

Crews were out until around 10pm Sunday night and will continue their search Monday morning. The names of those involved have not been released at this hour. 

UPDATE 6/24/2018 @ 9:30 p.m. 

According to dispatchers, crews have left the scene for the evening. They will reportedly continue the search Monday morning.


NEW HAVEN, WV (WVNS) — Several departments are on scene for a possible rope rescue near the New River Gorge Bridge.

According to dispatch, the call came in just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, on Fayette Station Road.

Park Service, Jan Care and several other departments are on scene trying to locate one person.

Stay with 59 News as we continue to follow this developing story.

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