Thursday, January 19, 2017

Incident occurred January 19, 2017 in Tygart Valley River, Taylor County, West Virginia

GRAFTON, W. Va. (WDTV) -- The Grafton Fire Department rescued a man from the Tygart River after the ultralight aircraft he was flying went down in the water. 

This happened around 5:30 p.m., Thursday. Firefighters got the call and were able to get the man out of the water within six minutes.

The pilot was taken by EMS to Grafton City Hospital. He's expected to be OK.

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GRAFTON — One man was transported to Grafton City Hospital after ditching a small aircraft on Thursday evening in the Tygart Valley River in Taylor County, authorities said.

The man took flight in an ultralight aircraft around 5:30 p.m. near Park View Road in Grafton before experiencing unknown complications that ended with his landing in the Tygart Valley River, according to Grafton firefighter Ryan Roberts. 

Six minutes after the Grafton Fire Department arrived on scene and placed their boat in the water, they safely made contact with the man, Roberts said. 

The man was conscious and alert before he was turned over to the Taylor County EMS, according to Roberts. The man was transported to the Grafton City Hospital with extent of injuries unknown. His identity isn't being released at this time.


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