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Swimmer rescued, charged after incident on New River

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A man was rescued from the Upper New River, and is now facing criminal charges to boot.

According to a news release, around 5 p.m. Friday,  a 55 year old male from Sophia staying at Berry Campground in Hinton, WV went swimming in the Upper New River.

According to investigators, he had been drinking earlier in the day and was not wearing a personal flotation device. 

Realizing he was in trouble, he began to call for help.

Green Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department, National Park Service rangers, and the local ambulances responded to the scene. 

He was pulled out of the river by members of the Green Sulphur Springs VFD and transferred by ambulance to the Summers County Hospital. 

He was charged by NPS with public intoxication and for creating a hazardous condition. 

Summers County deputies said they responded Thursday night to reports of the same man having trouble in the river. 

The release adds that the NPS encourages everyone who is enjoying the river this season to be alert, avoid alcohol, and wear a PFD at all times when on or near the river.