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KY State Park Ranger Division issues Golden Alert D for Whitley County Man, request KSP

Missing Williamsburg man, subject of golden alert, found today and rescued

We have an update to a missing persons story we have been following since yesterday.

Today, personnel with Eagle Sawyers Fire Dept. reported to authorities that a civilian, Jason Beavers, had contacted McCreary County 911 saying that he could hear a male yelling for help near Eagle Falls. This is the area the missing man was last known to be.

Ranger Bishop along with Sgt. Barnett, and Col. Crockett responded to the area at Six Gun City, an old western theme park. There, Eagle Sawyers deployed their search and rescue team. After speaking with the Chief, it was determined that the quickest route for evacuation would be by boat across the river. Whitley County Emergency Management Director Jerry Rains contacted Search and Rescue and had a boat and team sent to the beach at Cumberland Falls. 

Swift Water Rescue team deployed and brought the person across the river where investigators were able to confirm the man to be 35-year-old Walter Dale of Williamsburg, the subject reported missing yesterday.

Dale was transported by Whitley County EMS to the Whitley County Airport where PHI air medical was waiting to transport him to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for evaluation.

Agencies that assisted in the rescue efforts.

Corbin Fire, Woodbine Search and Rescue, Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Police Dept., Kentucky State Police, Eagle Sawyer Fire Dept., Williamsburg Police Dept., McCreary County EMS, Whitley County EMS, McCreary County Emergency Management.

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