Missing man rescued from swamp

Monday afternoon, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, with assistance of the Virginia State Police and Hanover Fire-EMS, successfully located a 63-year-old man who had been reported missing earlier that morning.

He was located in a swampy area near the Chickahominy River, where he had become stranded in waist-deep water. He was transported from the scene by Hanover Fire-EMS to Memorial Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

At approximately 8 a.m. Sept. 2, the Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6200 block of Watt House Road for a report of a disabled vehicle on private property. Further investigation revealed that the driver was missing and possibly endangered. A search of the area utilizing a Sheriff’s Office K-9 and the Search and Rescue Team ensued.

Additional resources were requested, and the Virginia State Police provided an additional K-9, as well as a helicopter. Shortly after conducting a search of the area by air, the missing man was located and recovered by Sheriff’s Office and Hanover Fire-EMS personnel.

“I’m exceptionally pleased that we were able to quickly locate this gentleman and return him to his loved ones. Our success is a direct result of the dedication and teamwork exhibited by everyone who was involved,” said Col. David R. Hines, Hanover sheriff. “I would especially like to extend my gratitude to the Virginia State Police and Hanover Fire-EMS for their continued assistance.”

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 9:08 am