Emergency crews respond to drowning at Pleasant Creek


TAYLOR COUNTY—Emergency personnel were called to a drowning at Pleasant Creek on Thursday.

According to officials, a call was place to the Harrison-Taylor County 911 Dispatch center at approximately noon, in which the caller stated there appeared to be an individual floating face down in the water. 

Upon arrival, first responders noted a male in the waters of Tygart Lake near the dam at Pleasant Creek. Members from the Grafton Fire Department pulled him from the lake, and a Taylor County Emergency Service Crew began life-saving measures.

According to officials, the drowning victim was loaded into the ambulance and CPR continued while they transported the male to Grafton City Hospital.

The victim’s condition or identity was not known by press time on Friday.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officers were also called to the scene.

Officials reported that the male and his family were enjoying a nice day at Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area, with a picnic.

It was disclosed that the male entered the water to swim, although signage in the area was posted prohibiting the action. The family witnessed the individual sinking below the waterline and called 911.

The cause of the drowning is still unknown at this time, and the incident is currently under investigation.

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