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WV Army National Guard uses Blackhawk to rescue stranded motorist in Ritchie County, WV

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NCWV Media

A HH-60 Blackhawk prepares to land in the parking lot of Ritchie County High School in Ellenboro.
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ELLENBORO — Aircrew members of the West Virginia Army National Guard’s Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion (MEDEVAC), located in Williamstown, provided a successful aerial rescue mission via a U.S. Army HH-60 Blackhawk for a civilian trapped in his vehicle due to floodwaters at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

At approximately 2 p.m., Ritchie County contacted the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Watch Center with a request to rescue the stranded motorist who was trapped on a secondary road near Ellenboro due to floodwaters.

Waters were not expected to recede within the next 24-48 hours, and local responders couldn’t reach the stranded motorist without air support.

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