BEECH CREEK, W.Va. – Mingo County Emergency Management Director Doug Goolsby said a call was received around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening of a possible drowning in the area of Glen Alum.
When officials arrived on scene they were informed three individuals were in the area looking for yellow root. EMS spokesman Goolsby said the man was from Mingo County, but the name has not been released.
According to reports, the three had parked their vehicle on the West Virginia side of the river and walked across into Kentucky.
While in the hills a heavy thunderstorm hit the area and the three tried to cross back into West Virginia to the car. Two of the individuals a male and a female returned to the bank of the river on the Kentucky side after determining they couldn’t cross.
The third individual attempted to cross the river and by all accounts was possibly swept away in the raging waters.
Multiple agencies from Mingo, Logan and Pike Counties joined forces to search for the missing man until late Wednesday night when the search was called off. Swift water rescue teams and scuba divers were brought in to help look for the man.
The search did resume early Thursday morning.
Members of Logan County Dive Team, L.E.A.S.A., Kermit Dive Team, Beech Creek and Ben Creek Fire Volunteer Departments, Mingo County Emergency Management Director, Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett, Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department, Phelps Volunteer Fire Department and Belfry Volunteer Fire Department have been searching for the man.
The incident is under investigation by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-235-4242 ext.2278.