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Man Drowns After Jumping Into River

Little River Canyon National Preserve

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William Ragland, 54, and Alison Wesson, 34 were drinking alcoholic beverages at High Rock on the afternoon of August 7th when they decided to jump from High Rock Point into the river. The point is about ten feet above the water. Ragland never resurfaced. Fire technician Natalie Smith swam out with a life vest to Wesson, who was on a submerged rock formation, and helped her back to shore, where park guide and EMT Miranda Brown conducted an initial assessment on her. Chief ranger Troy Mueller made several surface dives, but was unable to find Ragland. The Fisher Rescue Dive Team was summoned and began a search for Ragland. His body was soon found and recovered. During the investigation, ranger Jon Newman determined that Wesson had a BAC of .394%.



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