COOPERS ROCK, W.Va. — Three hikers were rescued Monday morning, a day after they became lost in Coopers Rock State Forest near Morgantown.
Authorities said five hikers from Kentucky started the hike Sunday afternoon, but three became lost or trapped because they weren’t familiar with the area.
A search began after nightfall and lasted about 11 hours.
The three were found by first responders Monday morning and led to the bottom of the Cheat River Gorge where they were taken by boat to ambulances. One had a shoulder injuring after falling and the other two suffered from mild hypothermia.
The Morgantown Fire Department and Monongalia EMS participated in the rescue efforts, along with several volunteer fire departments from Monongalia County.