UPDATE: Name Released Of Man Who Drowned At Summersville Lake

UPDATE: SUMMERSVILLE, WV (WOAY)- Police have released the name of the man who drowned in Summersville Lake.

Rescue crews recovered the body of 24-year-old Colin Wayne Harris of Ronceverte on Friday night.


SUMMERSVILLE, WV (WOAY) – One man is dead after drowning at Summersville Lake.

On Friday July 5, 2019 at 8:09 PM, rescue crews were dispatched for a possible drowning in the area of Waterfall Cove on Summersville Lake.

Witnesses reported to 911 that a 24 year old male had jumped off of an approximately 52ft cliff into the water and failed to resurface.

Once units arrived on scene, the last seen point of the victim was quickly identified and rescue divers immediately began their search operations. The victim was quickly found by the divers and emergency medical care was performed by EMTs and Paramedics on scene. Tragically, the victim passed away due to his injuries.

WVFD, Summersville Fire Department, Keslers Cross Lanes Fire Department, Jan-Care Ambulance Service, Nicholas County Sheriff Department, West Virginia Natural Resources Police, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Nicholas County Dive Team all responded to the incident.

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