Oak Park man who disappeared while swimming in rapids found dead in West Virginia river – Chicago Tribune
The National Park Service has found the body of an Oak Park man who disappeared while swimming in a rapids area with friends in West Virginia.
The Park Service says 28-year-old Abdulrahman Binomran was swimming with three friends in the pool above Fayette Station rapids in the New River Gorge National River when they decided to swim through the rapids. Binomran was last seen struggling and disappearing under the water Thursday afternoon.
The friends were able to make it to shore, according to a news release from New River, but Binomran was not. None of the swimmers was wearing a lifejacket.
A diver found Binomran’s body Friday under a large boulder about 18 feet below the river surface. It was the second drowning in the park in two weeks.
The Park Service said New River water levels and conditions change quickly, and flotation devices are essential for safety.