Two Men And Boy Rescued After Fishing Trip Turned Disappearance
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 27, 2014 @ 5:57PM
Created on February 27, 2014 @ 12:06PM
5 NEWS UPDATE: 2/27
Family members have told 5 News reporters that 40-year-old Bill Wilkerson had to head back to the hospital Thursday for a few more exams.
He was released from Ruby Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, but because of the harsh conditions he survived Sunday night, Wilkerson is still having some problems with his chest and trouble speaking. We will be sure to keep you updated as more details of his amazing rescue become available.
5 NEWS UPDATE: 2/25 5PM
According to hospital officials at Ruby Bill Wilkerson is in Fair condition, while his son has been upgraded to good condition as they continue to recover from hypothermia and frost bite.
5 News spoke with State Police officers who assisted in the rescue of the three fishermen who said,
"They we're only about one mile from their vehicle when we finally found them. We finally laid eyes on them around 5:30 Monday evening, but it was probably around 9 O'clock or a little after when we finally got them to the helicopters to life flight them out because of the remote location, and all of the snow and harsh conditions we were facing," said First Sgt. Greg Stalnaker, with the West Virginia State Police.
Officers say that if it wasn't for the fire the three built, and the decision to stay put overnight, the out come could have been a lot worse.
5 NEWS UPDATE: 2/24 10:00 P.M.
Investigators are shedding more light on a story of survival between a father, his young son and another man after they set out for a Sunday morning fishing trip in Randolph County.
According to State Police, 40-year-old Bill Wilkerson, his 12-year-old son Garrett and 41-year-old Rick Rohrbough never returned home after going to Shaver's Fork River to fish.
Troopers said they lost their way back to a truck after snow blew over their tracks. The two men and the boy were stuck, so they were forced to stay outdoors and built a fire until help arrived.
After more than 24 hours and strenuous search efforts between multiple police departments, fire crews and people who live nearby - they were located in the woods around 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Bill Wilkerson and his son Garrett were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital with hypothermia symptoms while Rohrbough refused treatment.
5 NEWS UPDATE: 2/24 6PM
Deputies in Marion County have just confirmed to 5 News that 40-year-old Bill Wilkerson, 41-year-old Rick Rohrbough, and 12-year-old Garret Wilkerson have all been found alive, safe and sound.
We are still working to find out more details about what happened for the three to leave the white GMC truck they had been driving in, and go missing from their Sunday morning fishing trip.
Keep it to 5 News for all the latest details.
5 NEWS UPDATE: 2/24 2PM
Deputies have confirmed to 5 News that Division of Natural Resources officers have located the White GMC Truck that the missing three people left in Sunday morning.
Officers say that they are being assisted in the search for these three by the West Virginia State Police, U.S. Marshals Service and the DNR.
As of now Deputies say that they have several crews out searching the area where the truck was found, and at least one helicopter hovering the area.
Keep it to 5 News for the latest details as they become available.
ORIGINAL: 2/24 12PM
Deputies in Marion County have confirmed to 5 News that three people have been missing since 6:00 Sunday morning.
They are said to have left to go on a fishing trip to Elkins and have not been seen since.
Family members called the Sheriffs Dependent around 12:30 Monday morning and reported them as missing.
Police are looking for 40-year-old Bill Wilkerson, 41-year-old Rick Rohrbough, and 12-year-old Garret Wilkerson. They were last seen driving a white GMC truck. Their pictures have not been released yet.
The Marion County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information to call 304-367-5300.
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