Welcome to the New River Gorge...
New River Gorge can be a fun place IF you remember some simple rules that can keep you safe...
1) If you go on a rafting trip listen carefully to your guide and know what to do in case of an emergency like the raft turning over or getting caught between some rocks. Death from drownings on the New River happen every year.
2) Don't go out at night unless you're with a group or at an sanctioned event. Danger is present both on and off the river. Crime against tourists has been reported. Don't carry cash.
3) Please stay off the New River Gorge Bridge. It's dangerous and illegal to walk out onto for a 'better view'. Use the offical scenic views.
4) Be watchful of hotel bedbugs and an alarming increase in METH labs.
5) Have fun while on the New RIver, but don't pass up some of the better State Parks in West Virginia that offer a more Family Friendly atmosphere.
NEWS! A Michigan woman has died from jumping into the New River Gorge. WCHS-TV
In Other News: The number of people showing symptoms during water crisis is much higher than previously reported. Check WOWK TV for further details.
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Body of drowning victim found in New River.
June 14th, 2016
RALEIGH COUNTY (WVA) -
UPDATE: The body of the missing boater has been found. The National Park Service has released the following statement:
"Search and rescue personnel located the body of 51-year old Joe Bennett from Mabscott, West Virginia shortly after 1 p.m. today. National Park Service rangers, personnel from West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and volunteer search and rescue divers from three counties have been searching for Bennett since Thursday afternoon when the boat he was fishing from capsized in the New River.
Level 1 Alert!
If you plan on visiting Southern WV this year you may want to bring your own bottled water and survivial gear. Historic flooding has knocked out much of the river activities for the forseeable future. WV officials are not sure how much water damage has occurred nor how long the rivers will take to clean up.
Please be safe.