UPDATE: West Virginia DNR releases name of man who drowned in Tygart Lake


UPDATE (5/21/21 3:12 p.m.):

GRAFTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has released the name of a man who drowned Thursday in Tygart Lake.

According to Lawrence Messina, director of communications and public relations for the ‎State of West Virginia, Division of Natural Resource Police are investigating after Robert Thompson, 48, of Philippi, drowned Thursday morning while swimming in the Doe Run impoundment at the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Authorities recovered Thompson’s body from the impoundment, which is for fishing and is a restricted area for swimming, according to the DNR. It is in the Taylor County portion of the WMA.

DNR Police received the call about the incident at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, and have since been in contact with Thompson’s family.

ORIGINAL STORY (5/20/21 2:48 p.m.):

One person has drowned in an incident May 20 at Tygart Lake in Taylor County.

Emergency crews were called just after noon to a boat launch in the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management area of Tygart Lake.

A witness on scene told 12 News he saw a man floating face down in the lake.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources confirmed a drowning incident, but it declined to provide any further information.

There is no word on the identity of the person who drowned or on the circumstances that led to the drowning.

There are “no swimming” signs posted in that area of Tygart Lake.

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