Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 10, 2012

Father, son return home safe after being stranded on Bluestone Lake

BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County father and son are safe after being stranded on Bluestone Lake during the Easter weekend.

Lt. D.M. Dillow with the Bluefield Police Department said the father and son, both Bluefield residents, had gone fishing in Summers County, and family members called local law enforcement at approximately 12:10 a.m. Monday morning when the pair did not return home on time.

“They had gone fishing down at the Bluestone-Hinton Dam in Summers County, and their boat had broken down,” Dillow said. “The wife called in said they were missing. They lived here in town so she called us. We got in touch with the sheriff’s department in Summer’s County. They went and checked down there, found their car and trailer, got a search team and found them on the lake where they had broken down. They were unharmed.”

Lt. Woodrow Brogan with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division said a local volunteer fire department rescued the father and son from the water.

“Summers County Volunteer Fire Department Station 13 in Hinton went to the Bluestone Lake and found the gentleman and his son and out on a boat that had broken down last night,” Brogan said. “They had taken out yesterday in a boat that was new to them. The boat had broken down, and they spent the night waiting to be rescued. Deputy Farmer with the Summer’s County Sheriff’s Department was the only law enforcement on scene.”

The father and son were safely rescued from the lake and returned home to Bluefield.

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