The Times West Virginian

February 25, 2014

Rescued fishers being treated for hypothermia

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Two of the three Fairmont residents who were reported missing for more than 24 hours are being treated for minor injuries sustained during the ordeal.

Bill Wilkerson, 41, and his son Garrett Wilkerson, 12, and family friend Rick Rohrbough, 42, were reported missing Sunday after they did not return from a fishing trip in Randolph County. They were found Monday afternoon.

Both Wilkersons are being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital for hypothermic symptoms. Rohrbough refused treatment.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, members of the Troop 3 Search and Rescue Team along with the West Virginia State Police Aviation located the vehicle of the lost Fairmont residents. Windy conditions and rugged snowy terrain hampered both efforts, and several volunteers and fire personnel assisted with the ground team.

According to a press release from the State Police, at 5:30 p.m. Monday the searchers became the rescuers. The three lost individuals were found within one mile of their vehicle. The search and rescue team used a Snow Cat-type vehicle to transport the individuals to an ambulance.

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