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Another drowning on New River


THURMOND (WVVA) - A man drowned Wednesday while swimming with his fiancee's children in the New River.

Following is the news release from the National Parks Service:

At about 6:12 PM, NPS 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.

 Jan Care Ambulance was also dispatched to the scene. Dwayne Allen Cooper, a 43 year old man from Mount Hope, WV, was swimming with his fiancé's children about 15 feet out in the river when one of the children noticed Cooper had disappeared in the river.

The children called out to their mother who was on the beach. Cooper's fiancé, who is a certified nursing assistant, ran from the beach out into the river and located Cooper who was unconscious and unresponsive.

She was able to drag him to the shore where she called for help and began CPR. Rangers and Jan Care medics arrived on scene about 6:25 PM and took over patient care.

He was quickly loaded in the ambulance and transferred to Plateau Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 7:20 PM.

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