Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 10, 2012 @ 12:13PM
Created on December 07, 2012 @ 6:30PM
On Friday 5 News heard from officers with the Department of Natural Resources and apparently the three people who needed to be pulled out of a river in Preston County Thursday night were in there because they were chasing a bear.
The three men Terry Hayes Jr. of Terra Alta, Matthew Hayes of Albright, and Nathan Sines of Oakland, Maryland were all rescued and according to officials there were no major injuries.
Investigators are still looking for their boat.
ORIGINAL STORY (12/6):
Three people are in the hospital after they some how ended up in the Cheat River in Preston County Thursday night.
It happened around 5:00 p.m. in the "Big Nasty" area of the Cheat River. We're told three people were on a john boat, when they somehow ended up in the water. Two people managed to swim to shore and were taken to Preston Memorial Hospital, while a third was stuck on a rock for a couple of hours.
A swift water rescue team was called in, but the water was too fast, so authorities had to call in a helicopter rescue team from Maryland. Crews rescued the third victim by lowering a basket to the rock. That person was flown immediately to Preston Memorial Hospital.
The "Big Nasty" area of the Cheat river is named for its notorious swift currents.
No word on the condition of the victims.
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