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Ailing Woman Rescued From River

New River Gorge National River

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River patrol rangers contacted the occupants of a private raft that had flipped in the rapid on the New River on the afternoon of Saturday, June 9th.  Two of the passengers were in their 70's and did not take the swim very well. One of them, a 73-year-old woman, was complaining of shortness of breath. Rangers evaluated the woman, who said that she did not want to continue the trip. She reported that she had three cardiac stents and that she’d had a heart attack in 2007. She was also diabetic. Rangers organized the evacuation and continued to monitor her. Additional rangers responded to the area to assist with the evacuation. The raft and other gear were carried out at the fisherman's access, while the woman and husband were taken to a local hospital for further examination.



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