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West Virginia Man Drowns On Family Swimming Trip

New River Gorge National River

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Wednesday evening, May 30th, shortly after 6 pm, rangers received a 911 report that CPR was in progress on a man at the Stone Cliff River Landing in New River Gorge National River. Dwayne Allen Cooper, a 43-year-old man from Mount Hope, West Virginia, was swimming with his fiancé’s children about 15 feet out in the river when one of the children noticed that Cooper had disappeared in the river. The children called out to their mother who was on the beach. Cooper’s fiancé, a certified nursing assistant, ran into the river and found Cooper who was unconscious and unresponsive. She got him to shore, called for help, and began CPR. Rangers and Jan Care medics arrived on scene about 15 minutes later and took over patient care. He was quickly loaded in the ambulance and transferred to Plateau Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.



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