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UPDATE: Crews Respond to Water Rescue at Cheat Lake

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Preston County fire departments responded to a water rescue at Cheat River Thursday evening.

At approximately 4:40 p.m., Terry D. Hayes Jr., 32 of Terra Alta, Matthew Hayes, 28 of Albright, and Nathan Sines, 25 of Oakland, Maryland, took a boat across the Cheat River near what is commonly referred to as the "Big Nasty", to retrieve a bear that Terry Hayes had shot earlier Thursday.

While the three men were attempting to cross the river, water began to come over the starboard side of the boat, according to a report from DNR law enforcement.

Officials said Sines then got out of the boat and stayed on a rock in the middle of the river while Terry Hayes and Matt Hayes attempted to cross the river.

The boat then capsized and Terry Hayes and Matt Hayes swam to the river bank. Officials said Terry Hayes sought medical attention but has since been released.

Trooper 5, a helicopter from Maryland, retrieved Sines from the rock and deposited him on the river bank.

The three men were rescued at the scene. Officials said no injuries were reported.

The boat has not been located, according to the report.


Crews rescued the person stranded on a rock in the Cheat River Thursday.

Trooper 5, a helicopter from Maryland, assisted in the search and flew that person to Preston Memorial Hospital, according to the Kingwood Fire Department.

Volunteer Fire Departments from Triune, Albright and Masontown also were on scene to assist with the rescue.

No word on the extent of that person's injuries.

Original Story:

Preston County fire departments are working to rescue people from the Cheat River near Bull Run Thursday evening.

Searchers are conducting an aerial search, using a helicopter called Trooper 5 from Maryland.

Crews initially believed five people were lost in the Cheat River, but the Kingwood Fire Department said two people safely emerged from the river, and one was stranded on a rock.

Two people were transported to Preston Memorial Hospital via ambulance. 

Authorities are not sure how they ended up in the water in the first place.




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