Shouts Lead To Ohio River Search

McMECHEN – Emergency crews rescued a man from the Ohio River at McMechen late Friday after a group of fishermen heard him calling for help.

About 9 p.m., the anglers said, they heard a voice call out from the darkness. When they realized someone was in the river and seeking help, they contacted emergency personnel.

“Do you see me? Do you have a boat? Help me!” the man cried, according to one of the witnesses.

After the man was pulled from the water, he told first responders that his brother had been with him in the river. While he was being evaluated in a McMechen ambulance, crews returned their boats to the river to continue their search for the man’s brother.

About 10 p.m., officials determined the man’s brother was not in the water. Instead, he had been located at his girlfriend’s home in Martins Ferry. Officials did not release the names of the rescued man or his brother as they finished their search on Friday.

Responding agencies included the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department, McMechen Police Department and members of the Wheeling Police Department acting as part of a search and rescue dive team. Boats from the Wheeling and Benwood fire departments patrolled the river as far south as Moundsville.

“We found the only one that was in there,” McMechen Fire Chief Mark Martin said as crews slowly left the scene.

He said the matter was turned over to law enforcement officials, who will investigate the situation further.