YOU ARE HERE: HeraldMail HomeCollectionsWva

Men found 3 hours after ATV wreck

December 20, 2009

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. -- Battling heavy snow, rescue officials worked for at least three hours Saturday night to find a man and his son in the 22,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area after the all-terrain vehicle on which they were riding overturned, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

One of the men called 911 but did not know where he was in the preserve, according to a news release. The land is along the Berkeley and Morgan county line,

Dispatchers were able to get an approximate location of the men using a Global Positioning System (GPS), police said.

The 49-year-old man and his 29-year-old son were found along an old power line road. The names of the men were not released.

It appears the men were suffering from hypothermia and were taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg, W.Va., police said.

Fire and rescue units from Hedgesville (W.Va.), Baker Heights (W.Va.) and the Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing initially responded to the call, police said.


Rescue crews used several all-terrain vehicles in an attempt to reach the men, but the heavy snowfall thwarted their efforts, police said.

Running out of time and options, rescue officials tried to obtain a military Hummer from the 167th Airlift Wing, police said. The vehicle was not used because of the steep terrain.

The sheriff's department responded with a four-wheel drive Chevrolet Blazer, police said.

The men were found after close to a three-mile ride in the Blazer with limited visibility and unknown terrain, police said.

"This was the most rewarding and treacherous endeavor that I had ever encountered with the sheriff's office," Deputy S. Myers said in the release.

The Herald-Mail Articles