GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — The National Park Service has found the body of an Illinois man who disappeared while swimming in a rapids area with friends in West Virginia.
The park service says 28-year-old Abdulrahman Binomran of Oak Park, Illinois, was swimming with three friends in the New River Gorge National River when they decided to swim through the rapids. Binomran was last seen struggling and disapproving under the water on Thursday afternoon.
A diver found the man’s body Friday under a large boulder about 18 feet (5.5 meters) below the river surface. It was the second drowning in the park in two weeks, neither victim was wearing a life jacket.
The Park Service said New River water levels and conditions change quickly, and flotation devices are essential for safety.