Man drowns in Bull Run area on Saturday

MASONTOWN — A man drowned Saturday, July 14, in the Bull Run area.

Preston Emergency Management/911 Director Duane Hamilton said the body of Derek Noah Bennett, 26, of Cresaptown, Md., was recovered Saturday. Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 5 spotted the heat signature in the water and was able to direct rescuers to the body, Hamilton said.

The drowning was reported at 5:29 p.m., and the man’s body was recovered at 7:26 p.m.

Preston Chief Deputy P.A. Pritt said the man was swimming at the time, went under and did not come back up.

The sheriff’s department, Department of Natural Resources, Preston County Dive Team, KAMP Ambulance, Masontown Swift Water Rescue, Masontown Volunteer Fire Department and Reedsville Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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