ANSTED, WV (WVNS) – An active United States Air Force member drowned on the Gauley River yesterday afternoon, October 4, 2022, according to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

The accident happened on the lower Gauley at a class four rapid called Stairsteps. The victim of the accident was a 46-year-old man from Ohio.

The man was currently active with the United States Air Force when the accident happened during a commercial river trip.

Anstead VFD, NPS and DNR all responded to the accident. No more details have been released at this time.